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The COVID-19 state of emergency in Saugeen Shores was lifted as of 10pm Monday, September 13, the Town of Saugeen Shores announced Tuesday.

The Town declared a state of emergency 18 months ago, on March 24, 2020.

In a Town media release, declaring an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act gave Saugeen Shores access to tools, funding, and resources to protect the health and safety of residents. As the pandemic continues, and the community gradually reopens with standard operating procedures in place, the state of emergency is no longer needed, read the release.

“With low case numbers and high levels of vaccination, it is time for Saugeen Shores to exit the state of emergency declared in March 2020,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “The end of the state of emergency does not mean the pandemic is over. It is simply another step forward toward reopening our community," said Charbonneau, going on to thank Town staff for their dedication in delivering essential services during a challenging time.

While the impact of COVID-19 is stabilizing, the Saugeen Shores Emergency Control Group will continue to meet regularly. If the situation changes, the Town has the ability to move back into a state of emergency. Provincial orders are still in effect. Ontario is now in Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen.

In Grey Bruce, 83 percent of eligible residents (age 12 plus) have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 77 percent are fully vaccinated. The Town hopes these numbers continue to climb to increase protection and further limit the spread of the virus. High vaccine rates are positive news, but it is critical to remember that public health measures remain in place, the release said, adding that people should continue to practice physical distancing, wear masks in public indoor places, and stay home when sick.

Visit the Grey Bruce Public Health website and for updates and resources.