On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced a Province-wide shutdown, beginning on Saturday, December 26, 2020 for a period of 28 days. As such, the following measures are being implemented by the Municipality.

Cancellation of in-person recreation programs

Beginning December 26, 2020, all in-person recreation programs and activities as well as facility rentals will be cancelled until further notice. Refunds will be issued to patrons. The Jack Burger Sports Complex and the Town Park Recreation Centre facilities will also be closed to the public until further notice.

Visit our COVID-19 webpage for regular updates and information about the re-opening of our recreation facilities and the re-start of our in-person programming and activities.

Staff services

Holiday office hours are set to begin at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2020 and will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. No administrative staff services will be available over the holiday break.

On Monday, January 4, 2021, most members of administrative staff will resume work remotely from their homes and administrative services will continue by email and / or phone.

Municipal services will continue to be available by email and / or phone and some in-person services, such as issuing licences and permits, will be available by appointment only.

Municipal employees who do not work in administrative offices, including roads staff, water and wastewater staff, parks employees, etc. will continue their usual duties in their facilities, and maintain physical distancing measures while on the job site.

To contact municipal staff in the New Year, visit our staff contact page.

Library services

Port Hope Public Library will offer takeout/curbside service beginning on Monday, December 28, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Contactless photocopying and issuance of library cards will also be provided. Staff will take information requests by phone or email.

Book returns at the Mary J. Benson and Hub Branches will remain open. Returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours. The community is encouraged to use the 24/7 virtual library. The Hub Branch at Canton remains closed until further notice.

Please visit the Library website for holiday hours and more details. 

Municipal transit

Municipal transit, including the ROLLS service, will continue to operate per the scheduled holiday transit hours throughout the break, and will operate per its usual business hours in the New Year. Enhanced cleaning measures will continue on transit vehicles, per the usual protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizational preparedness

The Municipality’s senior leadership team continues to carefully monitor developments on COVID-19, including regular updates from Ontario Health and local health partners. Residents can expect regular updates from the Municipality on the dedicated COVID-19 webpage.

Additional Resources

For additional information about the restrictions in effect as a result of the Provincial shutdown, including maximum gathering limits and school and business closure information, review the Ontario province-wide shutdown information guide.

Further accurate and up to date COVID-19 pandemic information can be found at: