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August 2020 Newsletter


Municipal buildings re-open

Crystal Palace and town halls are scheduled to re-open July 31 with COVID-19 protocols in effect. Users booking facilities must sign a form verifying that they will take every precaution to contain the spread of COVID-19 and will be responsible for recording each patron's name and contact information to support effective contact tracing. 

Capacity limits are as follows:

  • Crystal Palace - 50 people 
  • Ameliasburgh Town Hall‌ - 20 people
  • Athol Town Hall‌ - 15 people
  • Bloomfield Town Hall - 20 people
  • Hillier Town Hall - 20 people
  • North Marysburgh Town Hall‌ - 25 people
  • Sophiasburgh Town Hall - 25 people

Highline Hall, which is currently being used for physically distanced Council meetings, will not re-open. Prince Edward Community Centre, which is currently in use as a COVID-19 screening centre, will also remain closed.

Public washrooms will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

New visitor guidelines at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home

As of July 22, two family members or friends will be allowed to visit outdoors with a resident at one time. Previously, visits were limited to one friend or family member per resident at a time.

In addition, H.J. McFarland Memorial Home will begin allowing indoor visits, following the updated guidelines from the Province of Ontario. A resident is allowed up to two family members or friends at a time during indoor visits.

The municipality’s long-term care home is following all guidelines and protocols to ensure that visits can happen in a safe way that protects the health of residents, staff members, and visitors. Learn more about the rules that are in place for both indoor and outdoor visits.

Wellington Beach boat launch re-opened

Boaters must have a season launch pass to use the Wellington Beach launch. Truck and trailer parking at the Wellington Beach boat launch is extremely limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Season launch passes cost $85 ($96.05 +HST) and can be purchased by visiting Shire Hall between 8:30 am and 3 pm, Monday-Friday or the Picton Marina (1 Head Street). For information about purchasing online, call 613.476.2148 extension 0.

All boaters (single use and season pass holders) can also use the Belleville Street boat launch. As a traffic control measure, boaters must go to the staging area at the Wellington and District Community Centre (111 Belleville Street) on Saturdays, Sundays, and statutory holidays before being called down to the Belleville Street launch.

Essential beach information

Thousands of day-use visitors are being turned away from Sandbanks and North Beach provincial parks on weekends this summer. Plan to visit mid-week or early morning/late afternoon. Follow @SandbanksPP on Twitter for up-to-the-minute info about closures.

Wellington Rotary Beach has limited capacity and will close when full. Typically, this has been occurring before noon on weekends. On-site parking is $20 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Check @Shire_Hall on Twitter or The County's Facebook for updates.

Little Bluff Conservation Area is closed. Check Quinte Conservation's website for updates.

In an effort to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and help enforce public health measures, parking fines for leaving vehicles in areas where parking is not permitted on weekends and statutory holidays have increased to up to $400. These fines are in effect for the following areas:

  • North Beach Road, for the entirety of the road
  • Winn Road on Sheba's Island
  • One side of Island Road on Sheba's Island
  • The north side of Bakker Road from number 858 Bakker to the end of the road.

Physical distancing is in effect, even on the beach! Respect each others' space and leave at least 2m/6ft between your social circle and others. Please also clean up after yourself and be prepared to pack out your own garbage.






$2 million fund open to support women-led, COVID-affected businesses

With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), RE3 -provides non-repayable performance-based contributions of up to $5,000 to assist women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to REBUILD, REOPEN and REVIVE their businesses.

Find the application on the Canadian Futures & Development Corporation site.


BMO/Deloitte funding for women entrepreneurs 

BMO Financial Group and Deloitte have launched a new grant program aimed to support women-owned businesses in Canada, particularly as businesses are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program has committed $100,000 in grants to women entrepreneurs, and will award 10 women-owned companies with $10,000 to support their business. The grant program is available to both BMO clients and non-clients.

To be eligible for the program, businesses must be able to demonstrate how they have shown resilience and innovated due to the pandemic. Businesses must be at least 51 percent female-owned or controlled and must be headquartered in Canada with a minimum of 50 percent of their revenue tied to sales done in Canada.

Businesses must also have annual revenues of $10 million or less and should be in continuous operation, selling a product or service for not less than two years as of January 1, 2020.



Every day hundreds of people work behind the scenes to keep Prince Edward County running. Over the next several months, we will profile a few of the people that are ‘here for our community.’ Meet water operator Amy Stather.




Looking for PEC tourism industry updates, news and notices? Sign-up for our tourism industry monthly newsletter, Facebook group, or Instagram account!



Take a moment to ensure your business listings and COVID-appropriate event listings are up-to-date on the website. Contact Julianne Snepsts, Destination Marketing and Development Coordinator, with any questions.

While you're at it, pop over to and update your listing there too! Visitors want to find you - they just need to know when you're open, how to make reservations and what COVID-19 protocols they need to respect.






Museums reopen July 31

Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton will be accepting pre-booked tours only, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm. Go online to book a tour. We will be welcoming groups of up to six people in the same social 'bubble' on these tours.

Wellington Heritage Museum will be welcoming drop-in visitors, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm. Access will be permitted based on occupancy limits in the facility and the ability to maintain physical distancing while in the gallery.

Visitors are welcomed to enjoy the grounds at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Mariners Park Museum, and Rose House Museum -- but indoor facilities at these three sites will remain closed this year.

Remember to wear your mask when you come to visit!







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