Municipality of Bayham

Stage 3 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province

 

As the Province’s COVID-19 restart plans continue to move forward, the Municipality of Bayham has been identified as one of the regions permitted to move into Stage 3, as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 17.

The Municipality continues to review new restrictions and guidelines to develop Municipality of Bayham plans that consider safety, resources, Public Health requirements and financial implications. 

Considering requirements for business continuity, flow management, contact tracing and operations the Municipality of Bayham is making alterations to the provision of services and amenities effective Monday July 20, 2020 as follows:

 Municipal Office

While the Municipal Office is staffed, there will be limited, controlled access to the premises during this time to minimize direct person-to-person contact, ensure flow management, contact tracing and business continuity.

  • Meetings with Municipal Staff may be set up by appointment on a case-by-case basis and may require a health screening process in keeping with established public health guidelines.
  • A door bell and/or intercom system will be available to contact municipal staff in the event persons do not have a cell phone to conduct business at the door.
  • The drop box outside of the Municipal Office is available to drop off documents or payments. In addition, most transactions can be completed using online resources on the website www.bayham.on.ca or your financial institution.
  • Property Taxes, Water/Wastewater bills and Dog Licences can be paid through online banking or phone banking or using the drop box. 
  • Burn Permits and Garbage Bag Tags can be requested by calling the office at 519-866-5521 during regular office hours.
  • The Public Works Department, Water/Wastewater Department and Fire Department will continue to operate as normal, but with efforts to minimize contact and interactions with other persons.

Playgrounds and Play Structures
Restrictions on the use of playgrounds and play structures will be lifted as of Monday July 20, 2020.

  • These amenities are not sanitized and users are reminded to wash or sanitize their hands well before and after use, and maintain a distance of two metres from others

Port Burwell East Beach & Pier

Additional signage and health measures are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. While using the Port Burwell East Beach & Pier please continue to follow these measures:

  • Stay two metres apart from others using the beach and the pier
  • Avoid gatherings of more than ten people
  • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or elbow or cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Bring plenty of supplies such as hand sanitizer and water so you can minimize use of other beach amenities
  • Group games are not allowed

In keeping with physical distancing measures, if you arrive at the beach and it is too busy or crowded, we ask that you wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time.

Benches, Picnic Tables, Pavilions & Portable Washrooms

Picnic tables, benches, pavilions, washrooms and portable washrooms will be open for public use, provided that physical distance of at least two metres is maintained. As these amenities are not sanitized, persons should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before and after use.

Outdoor Sports Fields & Baseball Diamonds

Outdoor sports fields and baseball diamonds will be open for team sports that allow for physical distancing. These facilities will not be available for scrimmages or games and will not be available for rental.

Skate Park

The skate park will be open for public use, provided that physical distance of at least two metres is maintained. As this amenity is not sanitized, persons should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before and after use.

Tennis & Pickleball Court, Basketball Courts

Courts will be available for use with physical distancing measures in effect. Courts should be used for sports that permit physical distancing and gatherings of 10 or less people.

With these amenities now open, the Municipality is reminding residents that health measures remain in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. While using these spaces, please continue to follow these measures:

  • Stay two metres apart from others using the facility
  • Avoid gatherings of more than ten people
  • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or elbow or cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

In keeping with physical distancing measures, if you arrive at a park space that is too busy or crowded, we ask that you wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time.

Permitted Activities in Parks

Additional activities are now permitted in parks and open spaces for recreational purposes.

Examples of recreational activities that are now permitted in parks include:

  • Kicking a ball or playing catch
  • Sitting on a picnic blanket, the grass or a lawn chair
  • Flying a kite
  • Exercising or stretching on a yoga mat (not a group class)

The following facilities and amenities will remain closed until further notice:

  • Community Centres
  • Marine Museum & Lighthouse