The County is working with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other local health care providers to monitor the risk and take protective actions as needed in respose to COVID-19. 

On Thursday, March 26, Mayor Steve Ferguson declared a state of emergency in the County of Prince Edward. Learn more 


County COVID-19 Help Line

Residents can call 1-833-676-2148 from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday to speak directly with County staff, who can connect them with:

• Volunteer delivery of food and other essentials

• Critical community services

• Transportation options

• Sources of accurate and reliable public health information about the COVID-19 virus

Closures and cancellations

All municipal offices, recreation facilities, arenas, museums, town halls and library branches are closed. Use of municipal facilities for community support services will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

The municipality encourages residents to pay bills online and complete other municipally related activities. Services previously offered at municipal offices are also available through the phone, email, postal mail, or where necessary, by appointment. Deliveries and mail will continue to be accepted at Shire Hall.

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is only allowing essential visitors into the facility. Essential visitors are those who have a resident who is dying or very ill. These visitors will continue to be actively screened before entering H.J. McFarland Memorial Home and will not be allowed to enter if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Provincial Offences Administration (POA) Court is adjourned until April 3, 2020. All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including April 3, 2020 will be rescheduled to a later date.  

Impact on municipal services

Garbage and recycling 

Residents can put out one untagged bag of garbage per week beginning Friday, March 27. This change to curbside collection will remain in effect until May 1, 2020, at which time it will be reassessed.

If you are self-isolating for 14 days due to recent travel or potential exposure to COVID-19, the municipality asks that you store your garbage and recycling during that time. This measure is intended to protect the health and safety of garbage and recycling collectors and recycling sorting staff.

Bag tags can be purchased at several locations. Please call ahead to determine if the merchants are open and still selling tags. You can also receive your bag tags by mail. Send your request and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0

Merchants looking to restock their bag tag inventory can call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or 613.962.9108 extension 1023 and make an appointment to pick them up at Shire Hall. 

Burn Permits

Mail completed burn permit applications and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administrative Office, Station 1, Picton - 8 McDonald Drive, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

A total burn ban remains in effect across the municipality. You can check the burn ban status by visiting the County homepage or by calling 613.476.7232 or 613.962.3497.

Building Department

Applications for various building-related permits can be downloaded from the County website and emailed to or mailed to: County of Prince Edward Building Department, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0

The municipality will continue to accept short-term accommodation licence applications by email at or mail (County of Prince Edward Building Department, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0.

Dog tags

Mail completed dog tag application forms and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0.

Clerk's Office

Services offered by the Clerk’s Office are available by appointment. Please call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or 613.962.9108 extension 1023 or email

Latest Information

Free parking extended in Picton to June 1 – April 1, 9:04 am

County supports expanded tax-filing program as part of COVID-19 response – March 30, 4:55 pm

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is the lead agency for information to Prince Edward County residents on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at

Travel Advisory

HPEPH is advising the public that any individuals meeting the following criteria should contact HPEPH at 613.966.5500 for more information and guidance with respect to restrictions and follow up requirements.

Full activity restriction, self-isolation, and symptom monitoring is required for:
• Individuals returning from Hubei province in China, Italy or Iran.
• Individuals with known close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Self-isolation and symptom monitoring is required for:
• Individuals with recent travel outside of Canada.


The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 is to:

  • Avoid all close contact with people unless necessary
  • Never shake hands
  • Cancel/avoid all travel


Common signs include fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.

As with other illnesses, you should connect with a health care provider if you experience: 

  • A high fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

More information

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Province of Ontario – Ministry of Health

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada

News Releases

New website supports ‘shop local’ during COVID-19  – March 27

Playground equipment closed due to COVID-19 concerns – March 26

County to allow one free garbage bag at curb – March 26

County of Prince Edward declares state of emergency – March 26

Municipal offices closing March 24 – March 24

Mayor calls on accommodators to cancel all bookings – March 24

Landfill and transfer sites remain open with additional safety procedures – March 20

Consider local options when possible during COVID-19 pandemic – March 20

Mayor forms task teams to support COVID-19 response – March 20

New work restrictions for staff, councillors returning from travel — March 19

County easing financial burden in response to COVID-19 — March 19

Update on short-term accommodation, building, and fire inspections in response to COVID-19 — March 18

County takes further action to limit risk of COVID-19 while ensuring continuity in key areas — March 18

Council enacts temporary special measures to facilitate COVID-19 response — March 17

Mayor calls special Council meeting — March 17

Expanded public transit delayed due to COVID-19 — March 17

Municipality urges travellers to self-isolate for 14 days — March 16

All Library branches closed effective March 17 — March 16

Committee of Adjustment / Planning Public Council meeting moved to alternate location — March 16

Mayor’s statement regarding COVID-19 update from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health — March 15

All recreation facilities, museums, and town halls closed — March 15

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is only allowing essential visitors into the facility — March 14

Community health update #4: COVID-19 — March 13

Community health update #3: COVID-19 — March 11

Community health update #2: COVID-19 — February 6

Community health update #1: COVID-19 — January 30