Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. While the provincial declaration of emergency has ended, the new act will provide the province with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 Workplace Toolkit COVID-19 for businesses and workplaces

Effective August 1, 2020, Peterborough Public Health  directive for mandatory face coverings including the Municipality of Trent Lakes. More info...

Peterborough Public Health Unit  Where to get COVID-19 tested info.

Report Covid-19 non-compliance to OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Report after hours By-Law complaint to 705-738-3800, ext. 311.

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Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. While the provincial declaration of emergency has ended, the new act will provide the province with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has lifted the local State of Emergency that has been in place since March 24, 2020.
Residents are asked to continue following all health precautions and Orders, including wearing a mask or face covering as prescribed by the Peterborough Health Unit, maintaining physical distancing, practicing vigilant hand hygiene and staying home if you’re ill.

This webpage provides Municipal-specific COVID-19 updates, service interruptions, and other useful links and information.

A Message from the Mayor

Posted August 6, 2020

Good morning everyone, here is a brief update.

I reviewed the damage in Kinmount yesterday and can only be so grateful that lives weren’t lost. The response of our emergency crews led by Ivan Coombs in opening roads, etc., is to be commended in helping the City of the Kawartha Lakes.

Trees will eventually grow back but the landscape will be forever changed and in driving past houses which had been damaged, the look on people’s faces, is still shock.

On another topic. We are holding our own against the coronavirus, but I can’t stress too much the need to continue hand washing and please, please, please wear your face mask, and use it properly.  It is very easy to look at Toronto and Windsor and pat ourselves on the back, but we are a mobile population and we don’t want to lock back down again because we don’t think it can get to us!  Just look around the world.

I hope everyone has had a safe summer so far, and our council meetings are slowly getting back to a little bit of normal. Many thanks to our staff in all departments who have worked through this pandemic. Lastly, but not least, we’re all in this together and every life is valuable. Take a moment to smile or welcome someone you have not seen before. It is amazing how your eyes can communicate a smile even while we are wearing a mask. Be well.

Mayor Janet Clarkson

  • Municipal operations continued by implementing new IT requirements, Work at Home procedures and altered Public Works operations
  • Building and Planning applications still being accepted with some inspections still taking place.  Slight increase in electronic permit submissions
  • Biweekly Emergency Operations Centre meetings
  • Communications updates on Municipal website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Interest and Penalty waived April, May and June 2020 for all ratepayers including businesses
  • Donation of $10,000 to Community Care Peterborough – Buckhorn Office for food vouchers at Foodland
  • No NSF Fees being charged
  • Payment arrangements for anyone having difficulty paying their taxes
  • Reduction in spending in order to offset some decreases in revenue
  • Burn ban (as directed by MNRF) to take pressure off Emergency Services
  • Business resources list created and regularly updated to provide critical assistance
  • Coordination with PKED on an Economic Recovery Plan
  • Trent Lakes Outreach Centre trailer rental extended at Deer Bay Hall to allow continuation of community foodbank
  • Electronic Council meetings implemented with plan to now continue with regularly scheduled meetings
  • Promotion of jobs in community through release of tender for 2020 road project and awarding of tender for accessible walkway in Buckhorn

All of the following links will take you to the Peterborough Public Health website.

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) announced on Monday, July 20, 2020 that face coverings will become mandatory for local residents in most indoor settings as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st.

The Mandatory Mask Directive is the best place to begin for information and contains links to additional resources.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PPH Mandatory Face Covering directive please contact them at:

Email: covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca for ALL COVID-19 related inquiries
Phone: 705-743-1000 or 1-877-743-0101

The Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 webpage has  COVID-19 specific information, FAQs, info-graphics and signage.

How does the mandatory face covering directive apply to you?

The following links are how the mandatory face covering directive applies to you personally and includes information on safely wearing face coverings, best practices for face coverings, exemptions and reporting issues.  There is also a link for their frequently asked mandatory face covering questions.

What does the mandatory face covering directive mean for your business?

The following links provide information, guidelines, best practices and policy samples for business owners and staff that fall under the mandatory face covering directive.

Some local mask resources:

Boat launches within the Municipality of Trent Lakes are now open.

Trent-Severn Waterway

The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site re-opened June 1, 2020 with limited visitor access and basic services along its entire canal system.

Visitors along the canal system will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • Lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas and parking lots
  • Day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways
  • Lock station grounds
  • Public toilets, where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented

Visiting the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site website before they travel.

As of Monday, June 29th, the Municipal office is open to the public during regular business hours with limitations of one(1) person per household if possible.

Please contact the Building Department at 705-738-3800 ext. 233 or development@trentlakes.ca for further information or alternative drop off/pick up options in lieu of coming into the office.

There is an intercom on the front Administration door to let us know when you have arrived and to safely permit entry to the building.

Effective Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, the Trent Lakes Building Department will be resuming reviewing and processing building permits in response to the Province of Ontario’s Phase 1 reopening delivered on May 14th, 2020.

All guidelines as per below will remain in effect for building permit inspections.

• The Building Official will contact the requestor and inquire if there are any symptoms or precursors that are found in symptomatic/asymptomatic persons;
• Site should be empty for 3 hours prior to Building Official / Inspector arrival;
• No occupancy (or passing through an existing house) and/or final inspections shall be performed at this time;
• Communication will be conducted via phone, email or posting of inspection report; and
• Upon arrival at the site, it will be at the discretion of the Building Official / Inspector to proceed with the inspection.

Thank you,

Trent Lakes Building Department

Regular Council meetings will be resuming beginning the month of May, 2020. These meetings will be virtual until further notice and a ling to register is included in the agenda.

All agendas will continue to be posted on the CivicWeb agenda page and each contain the link to register for the meeting.

Please access the "How To" document instructions below to access a meeting.
Video Conferencing How To Instructions document

If you require any assistance or have questions, please contact the Clerk's office at clerk@trentlakes.ca

The Cavendish Playground located at the Cavendish Community Centre re-opened on July 21, 2020.

Please observe playground signage and obey all Federal and Provincial regulations and guidelines when using the playground to remain safe.

The playground is “use at your own risk” as it is not sanitized regularly. Parents are encouraged to wash their children’s hands and to use hand sanitizer after playing on the equipment, so be sure to pack any of those items to take with you.

If you have further concerns or questions regarding the playground, please email them to recreation@trentlakes.ca.

  • Unpaid property taxes will not incur interest/penalty on April 1st, 2020, May 1st, 2020 and June 1st, 2020.
  • The Request for Reconsideration deadline for property reassessment is usually March 31. For 2020, this deadline has been extended to 16 days after the state of emergency declared by the Province of Ontario is lifted.
  • The Province has postponed the 2020 Assessment Update. Your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property. More info.: https://www.mpac.ca/HowAssessmentWorks/2020AssessmentUpdate

All branches of the Trent Lakes Public Library are currently closed to the public.

Library Cards

The Trent Lakes Library is getting library cards into the hands of residents without cards or with expired cards, to take advantage of the online e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, & e-learning. Email library@trentlakes.ca or give them a call at 705-657-3695

Check the e-book listing often as the library is adding titles weekly.

Curbside Pick-Up

Trent Lakes Public Library is now offering curbside pick-up, available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To use Curbside Service, you can request materials by emailing us at library@trentlakes.ca

You can give us titles that you would like from the website.  Check out the list regularly on: https://wakelet.com/@TrentLakesPublicLibrary as we are receiving new books. You can also ask a librarian to choose one from your favourite genre.

We will then make an appointment for pickup to ensure proper social distancing measures. Your books will be placed outside at your designated pickup time.

Online Library Services

Online Library services remain available at www.trentlakeslibrary.ca. Library staff remain available by phone and email to assist you. Visit the library E-book and Audiobooks for more information.

Donations Not Accepted

Do not leave donation items outside the Good Buy Room or Library branches. These facilities are closed and left items not collected. Please store these items until they reopen and can receive them.

Mandatory Face Coverings

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) announced on Monday, July 20, 2020 that face coverings will become mandatory for local residents in most indoor settings as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st.

The Mandatory Mask Directive is the best place to begin for information and contains many links to additional valuable resources and information.

Please be sure to check out our Mandatory Face Coverings tab above for more information.

If at anytime, you or your staff have questions, concerns or simply would like some help regarding the PPH Mandatory Face Covering directive or any COVID-19 related issue do not hesitate to contact the Peterborough Public Health.

Email: covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca for ALL COVID-19 related inquiries
Phone: 705-743-1000 or 1-877-743-0101

Peterborough Public Health (COVID-19) – Guidance for Stage Three Reopening

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: July 15, 2020

We have moved into Stage 3 of the Framework for Opening the Province. While we remain in a state of emergency, certain public health measures have eased slightly. Guidelines are in place to allow families and individuals to socialize safely within limits. More businesses and workplaces are being allowed to operate by following proper health and safety guidelines.

Workplace Toolkit for Stage 3

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Recovery Centre Portal

COVID-19’s impact has been significant and wide-spread. As the agency responsible for delivering Economic Development on behalf of The City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough and the 8 surrounding townships, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is stepping up to take a lead role in collaborating with municipalities and the business community to see this region through economic recovery. We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.

We’re here to help! Contact us today

Business Collaboration Portal

In a time of considerable change, the one thing that has remained constant is the collaborative spirit of the local business community here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Peterborough  and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is inviting local businesses to use their free online business collaboration tool to connect with each other – to offer support to other businesses if you have the means to do so, or to ask for support if you do not. This tool is meant to assist local businesses with new partnerships and for the creation of new products and services to help the economy thrive.

Whether you are retooling to create personal protective equipment for health care workers or front line staff and need access to supplies and equipment, or you can provide space, supplies, resources or supply chain connections to those who are trying to help – collaboration opportunities are never in short supply in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.


The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:

  • Financial Resources
  • Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
  • Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
  • A Business Collaboration Portal
  • Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
  • A list of local PPE Suppliers
  • Pandemic Preparedness Resources

Health & Hygiene Resources Portal -
Operating Your Commercial Business Safely During COVID-19

from Peterborough Public Health.

Watch the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzF3WEm1N5c&feature=youtu.beVisit the portal here: https://peterboroughed.ca/health-resources/

Info from Ontario At Work

Employers must notify the Ministry of Labour in writing within four days if a worker tests positive for COVID-19 due to workplace exposure.

Employers must also tell their JHSC or workplace health and safety rep and any applicable trade unions.

More details on COVID-19 and workplace health and safety can be found at : https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-coronavirus-and-workplace-health-and-safety#exposed-at-work

Restaurant Patios

Peterborough Public Health offered a webinar for eating establishments to learn about creating outdoor seating areas.  The webinar featured staff from the City of Peterborough discussing their approach to existing/approved outdoor seating areas, and how they will approach new/expanded outdoor seating areas.  There was lots of information shared that is relevant to all restaurants whether in the City, County or First Nation communities.

If you missed the webinar you can access a recording of it here.  A copy of their slide deck, including a sample patio layout can be found on the Peterborough Public Health Restaurants and Bars webpage.

For clarification purposes regarding social circles: This means that the maximum number of guests at an outdoor seating area is 10. Tables should be reserved for single families or social circles of up to 10 individuals. Tables still need to be spaced 2 metres apart to allow for distancing of people not from the same household or social circle.

If you have any questions, Peterborough Public Health is available to assist your organization in setting up your outdoor patio for the safety of your staff and customers.

Business Resilience Service

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty.

The program, delivered to your organization free of charge, provides:

  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers

To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8am – 8pm ET (5am – 5pm PT).

Reopening Your Business Resources

Protect your people

The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has a COVID-19 page of resources to help you prepare to reopen your business, including checklists to protect yourselves, your employees and your customers.

Workplace COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Resources

RE3 Funding Information and Application to Assist Women-Led Businesses

There is up to $2 million available across Eastern Ontario, including the Peterborough/Northumberland Regions, for non-repyable contributions of up to $5000 (normal minimum $3000) to assist women-led businesses to Rebuild-Reopen-Revive (R3).

Highlights from eligible activities…should support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of applicant’s business, such as:

  • Acquisition of required/mandated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Workspace reconfiguration to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hardware/software upgrades to enhance online capacity, client servicing and accessibility.

For further information and on-line application you can refer them to https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/

Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development

Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development (PKED) has a COVID-19 information page on their website. They are working in collaboration with leaders from the PKED, Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Peterborough, Downtown Business Improvement Association (Peterborough), and Innovation Cluster (#TeamPTBO) to identify how the impact of COVID-19 will affect the local business community.

Government of Canada

Other Federal Departments or Agencies 

Province of Ontario

Business Recovery Centre Portal

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has launched a new digital Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 Economic Recovery efforts.

“This portal will serve as the region’s go-to hub for resources and information to help local business mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Rhonda Keenan, President & CEO of PKED. “We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.”

Together with local partners at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough DBIA, Community Futures Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and more importantly through hundreds of businesses responses received through direct calls and surveys, an Economic Recovery Plan for the region has been created and supported by both City of Peterborough and County of Peterborough Councils. The plan is outlined on the Business Recovery Centre Portal and will be updated regularly through the Mayor and Warden’s Economic Recovery Task Force.

The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:

  • Financial Resources
  • Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
  • Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
  • A Business Collaboration Portal
  • Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
  • A list of local PPE Suppliers
  • Pandemic Preparedness Resources

To view the Peterborough & the Kawarthas COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal visit www.peterboroughed.ca/recovery

Personal Care Services

Personal Service Setting Guidance Document 

Personal Care Services Establishments providing personal care services (hair cutting/styling, manicures/pedicures, tattoo parlours, etc.) can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place. 

Please contact Peterborough Public Health if you have any questions or concerns: 
185 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8
Phone: 705-743-1000
Email: info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has developed a webpage of information for opening and operating your business related to COVID-19 recovery including financial assistance, health and safety guidance, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and collaborations.

PKED COVID-19 Related Business Resources webpage.

Private Campgrounds & Trailer Parks

As of June 12, the Ontario government is allowing camping at all private campgrounds.

In Stage 2, Ontario Parks campgrounds and private campgrounds can open for recreational vehicle, car camping and all other types of camping.

  • Campers must adhere to social gathering size restrictions and maintain two-metre physical distancing with people outside their household and when outside of their campsites.

Contact the campground operator(s) for guidelines and any other special preparations due to COVID-19 requirements.

If you are a Campground Operator/Owner. . .

Peterborough Public Health has a webpage of information and resources available for the safe operation of a campground.

Peterborough Public Health Campground Information Webpage

Resort Properties

Resort properties are permitted to be open and operating.  There are specific guidance documents for the tourism and hospitality sector, which have been developed, along with many other resources regarding the prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Peterborough Public Health has created a webpage that contains information and resources for Resorts related to reopening and operating during the COVID-19 recovery.

Peterborough Public Health Resort Information webpage

Short-Term Rentals

The government is allowing short term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs to resume operations in OntarioOwners should consult public health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering reopening to guests. Operators and guests should continue practicing physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently.Peterborough Public Health Short-Term Rental information 

For more information for any sector, please call the Health Unit office at 705-743-1000.

Be sure to check other Peterborough Public Health Q&A Information:

Campgrounds & Trailer Parks
Resort Properties
Short-term Rentals
Q&A – Resorts & Seasonal Cottage Businesses
Q&A – Water Activities
Q&A – Recreation
Q&A – Shared Facilities 
Q&A – Food Services

The Municipality of Trent Lakes Mayor Janet Clarkson declared a state of emergency effective, Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. due to the increasing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for people to take necessary precautions.

Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough jointly declared a State of Emergency. For more information, visit www.ptbocounty.ca/COVID19.

The political leaders of Peterborough (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) issued an urgent public plea for everyone to maintain social distancing.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders.

Please note, there may be some adjustment to all non-emergency services administered by the OPP.

Upcoming Event:

Household Hazardous Items One Day Events in Trent Lakes:

Galway Community Centre, 388 Galway Rd, Kinmount
•July 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cavendish Community Centre, 18 Community Complex Dr, County Rd 507, Trent Lakes
•July 25, 10:00 am -1:00 pm

More info: http://www.trentlakes.ca/household-hazardous-waste-one-day-events/

Waste Transfer Sites

  • Residents will be asked to mark their own Waste Card. If they do not have their own pen attendants can provide a sanitized marker for their use. The marker can be dropped in a bucket to be sanitized at the end of the day and reused.
  • In addition to Interac / Debit payments, residents can pay by cash, using exact change only.  Cheques and Credit Cards will not be accepted.  Loads will be rounded up or down to eliminate change. Receipts will not be issued at this time.
  • Reuse centres will remain closed until further notice.
  • Fluorescent tubes and car batteries will be accepted at Bobcaygeon, Cavendish and Crystal Lake Transfer Stations.  As the Hazardous Waste Collection site at Buckhorn will remain closed this season, car batteries and fluorescent tubes will not be accepted.
  • GEEP electronics will reopen at all sites and organics will be accepted at Buckhorn.
  • Alcohol bottle return will remain closed at this time.
  • Leaf and yard waste is now accepted at all Trent Lakes Waste Transfer Station sites.
  • Construction, demolition material, shingles and drywall and furniture will now be accepted and charged as per our Fee Schedule.
  • Dry Cell Batteries will not be accepted at this time.
  • There is no Bulky Plastic Collection this year.
  • Cottage Kits and Dog Tags can now be purchased at all Transfer Stations.
  • Sort your item properly. DO NOT put household garbage into the recycling bins.
  • To ensure the safety of our communities, do not throw gloves/masks out your car windows, or drop on the ground, To prevent the spread of COVID-19 & ensure the safety of our communities, do not put facial tissues, medical masks/gloves/disinfecting wipes in your blue bin. Place in the garbage, wash your hands immediately.  For operating hours and guidelines visit: https://www.peterborough.ca/en/city-services/landfill.aspx

Waste Items Suspended

  • Clothing/Textile drop off suspended. Waste Transfer Stations are not accepting clothing or textiles. Diabetes Canada has temporarily suspended pick-up of ALL clothing and textile donations from donation bins, effective immediately. Do not drop items off or leave items outside of any area donation bins during this temporary suspension of services.https://declutter.diabetes.ca/
  • The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Drop-off facility at 400 Pido Rd. will operate under normal hours as of July 6th.  Hours of operation will be Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All residents will be required to follow physical distancing requirements and are asked to remain in their vehicle until they receive direction from on-site staff.

Community Care Buckhorn

Community Care Buckhorn is offering free ready-made frozen Meals on Wheels to people needing meals.

They are also partnering with the Municipality of Trent Lakes and offering food vouchers from Foodland for people to come by the Community Care office to pick up or delivery to homes.

If you would like to help with this program they would be most appreciative of monetary donations.

Please contact Community Care Buckhorn at the contact information below to find out more about these programs. All is kept with the strictest of confidence of course.

Community Care Buckhorn
Jodie Mulder
705-657-2171 or 705-760-3879
buckhorn@commcareptbo.org or jodie@commcareptbo.org

Trent Lakes Rural Outreach Centre

The Trent Lakes Rural Outreach Centre offers a once a month food bank service. The also offer a free emergency food bank available to Trent Lakes residents, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The provide food and other services at no charge.

Please use their online form to contact them via email.
For urgent assistance please call: 705-768-3590.

Webpage: https://tlocfoodbank.wordpress.com/

Kinmount and Area Food Bank

The Kinmount Area Food Bank was established to serve the needs of individuals and families in the Kinmount community and surrounding area. Provide food without charge to those in need.

Located in the Kinmount Baptist Church, 4937 Monck Rd. For Emergency assistance please call: 705-455-3060

Webpage: https://kinmountfoodbank.ca/

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Agilec has created a list of available mental health services/resources. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please access the organizations/resources on the Agilec list.

211 Ontario provides programs and services to help the community through the pandemic through their page dedicated to finding support during COVID-19.

ConnexOntario for Adults:

Bounce Back for 15+:

Kids Help Phone

Post Secondary Students:
or text GOOD2TALKON to 68686

Peterborough Public Health is actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and collaborating with local hospitals, primary care, emergency services, the Ministry of Health, provincial and national colleagues.

For further information and resources about COVID-19, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Other Health Resources

Ministry of Health of Ontario
Public Health Ontario
Public Health Agency of Canada
Centres of Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

Restaurants and Bars

Restaurant and Bars Guidance Document 

Tip Sheet: Restaurant and Food Service: Guidance for Health and Safety 

Restaurants & Bars Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.  

Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least 2 metres between patrons from different households, including:

  • Limiting number of patrons allowed in the outdoor space at one time by having a maximum of 50% of the previously approved capacity.
  • Using reservations to ensure no line ups.  
  • Ensuring enough space between tables, including to allow for movement, including at least one metre from the outer limit of the patio.
  • Ensuring access to indoor facilities is limited to patio/outdoor dining area access, food pickup, payment, washrooms or other health and safety purposes.

Liquor sales licensees who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio, or temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period are authorized to do so, if all the following criteria are met:

    1. The physical extension of the premises is adjacent to the premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies.
    2. The municipality in which the premises is situated does not object to an extension.
    3. The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises.
    4. There is no condition on the liquor sales licence prohibiting a patio.

Peterborough Public Health is also prohibiting any overhead structures such as tents and canopies; however, the use of umbrellas is encouraged to provide shade. Establishments are reminded that smoking and vaping are prohibited on all patios, and within 9 metres of the patio. All patios must be appropriately sign according to the requirements of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.


  • Practice physical distancing Increase cleaning of frequently touched surfaces  
  • Wear PPE at all times, at minimum an appropriate face covering  
  • Wash your hands frequently and practice good hygiene  
  • Get tested if you are worried you have or have been exposed to COVID-19  

Food services in any workplace setting are strongly advised to review and adopt workplace guidance for restaurants and bars. This includes food courts, food services on television, film and photography sets, and food services as part of tours. Workplaces are strongly recommended to review and adopt guidelines to keep employees and customers safe. 

Please contact Peterborough Public Health if you have any questions or concerns: 
185 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8
Phone: 705-743-1000
Email: info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Social assistance payments will flow according to regular schedules to ensure clients are able to pay rent and accommodation costs as well as buy necessities.

The Social Services office at 178 Charlotte St. will be limited to the reception area on the first floor, open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. Social Services client appointments will largely be done over the phone. Current clients are encouraged to contact their case worker for further direction. Call the office at 705-748-8830 or email social services. The Peterborough Employment Resource Centre will be closed.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works cheques are being mailed out to recipients. Physical pick up of cheques may be available under limited circumstances. Clients who have bank accounts are encouraged to contact their case workers about signing up for direct deposit. The local phone number is 705-748-8830. All Ontario Works applications will be done online or over the phone to minimize person-to-person interaction.

Employment Insurance Benefits

For information about EI Benefits please visit Government of Canada Employment Insurance Benefits Online or call 1-800-206-7218.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

For information about the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit please read the Support for Individuals and Families on the Government of Canada website.

COVID-19 is constantly changing circumstances. Please contact businesses on the list to ensure they are still operating.

If you are a listed business and your situation has changed, please let us know. If you are a business and still providing takeout/delivery food services, please let us know if you would like to be added.

We  may be missing your favourite! Be sure to look up and/or give your favourite restaurant a call to find out if they are open for take-out and would appreciate your support.

Email: lholtz@trentlakes.ca

Farmers' Markets


Lakefield Farmers' Market set to open on Thu May 21. Held in Lakefield, 2-6pm on Thursdays,in the parking lot of the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre, next to Isobel Morris Park. For a list of public health measures to be in place, along with confirmed vendors, read our updated story at https://kawarthanow.com/2020/05/05/lakefield-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-may-21/

Website: http://www.lakefieldfarmersmarket.net/

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will continue to operate at the Citi Centre courtyard on Saturday mornings, 8 am to 12 noon at Charlotte and Aylmer streets.


Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market is opening for the season on May 13 at the newly renovated Peterborough Square courtyard, instead of a closed-off section of Charlotte Street. Held Wednesdays, 8:30-2pm. http://ptbodowntownmarket.com/

Kinmount Farmers’ Market This year will be a little different. Will open online first in June and hope to safely resume their live market later in the summer. Stay tuned to their website for updates.

Website: https://www.kinmountfarmersmarket.ca/


Saturday Peterborough Farmers’ Market at Morrow Park remains closed because it's on city property, and most city facilities (such as Morrow Park) are closed.

Buckhorn Community Centre has cancelled the Buckhorn Farmers' and Craft Market for the 2020 season

Private Well Water Testing;

Water testing bottles for private well owners are available in the lobby of the Municipal Administration office during regular office hours. Be sure to read the instructions included with each kit carefully. Samples are time sensitive.

Due to COVID-19 the courier pick up and delivery water bottle shuttle service from the Municipal office is suspended until further notice.

You can still drop off completed water samples at the following locations for testing:

  • Public Health Ontario Laboratory at 99 Hospital Drive between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Peterborough Public Health, 185 King Street, Peterborough. Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays.

The well water testing service is available at no charge to all residents and cottagers in Trent Lakes through a program with Peterborough Public Health.

If you have any questions regarding your private well water contact the Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

This service, provided in partnership with Peterborough Public Health is currently suspended until further notice.