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Covid-19 Travel Resource

COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open

As local trends of key public health indicators improve, regions will be gradually transitioned back into this framework, with some new and modified measures in place. Chatham-Kent is currently in the Orange Zone

Physical Distancing

Every person in a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall maintain a physical distance of:

  • at least two metres from every other person except from their caregiver or other members of the person's household, with limited exceptions (For instance, those who live alone can join with another household)

Face Coverings

Every person in the premises of a business or organization that is open shall:

  • ensure that they wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin, when they are in indoor areas of the premises, with limited exemptions.

Accessing Closed Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Amenities

No person shall use an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is required to be closed.

Chatham-Kent Tourism is supporting the directives of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and the Governments of Canada and Ontario through precautionary measures and enhanced monitoring of the workplace due to Covid-19. For personal health and safety our tourism office is closed to the public, but travel counsellors are still able to assist with your inquiries. You can call us 1-800-714-7497 or email cktourism@chatham-kent.ca. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @visitck. 


Covid-19 Travel FAQ's

Are face coverings or non-medical masks mandatory in Chatham-Kent?

Chatham-Kent Council passed a by-law which made the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces mandatory as of 12:01 am, August 14, 2020. Wearing a mask is only one aspect in reducing an individual's chances of contracting Covid-19. As directed by Chatham-Kent Public Health, individuals must: 

  • maintain physical distancing of two metres at all times
  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol frequently
  • stay home if you are not feeling well

Where can I pick up travel information?

Brochures and maps are available online, through email, or Canada Post. 

Are washrooms open at beaches and along the 401? 

On Route rest stops east and west of Chatham-Kent along the 401 are open and washrooms are open to the public. Porta-johns are located at area beaches with accessible public washrooms not open at this time. 

Can I dine inside a restaurant or just on a patio? 

Yes, with capacity limits and where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 50 patrons seated indoors
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

Take-out is a great option however to support CK's independent, locally owned and operated restaurants, within the comfort of your own home. Some places even offer delivery, so be sure to ask. For a complete list of all restaurants in CK, including chains, please visit our Places to Eat page. Many of our bakeries offer take-out for their baked goods too, and you can find a list of offerings here

Are all of your attractions open? 

At this time, not all attractions are open, due to provincial guidelines. 

Are all accommodations taking reservations? 

Our hotels are all open at this time, however there are some bed and breakfasts that remain temporarily closed or have reduced occupancy. 

What do I do if I am unwell?

While we value your visit and can't wait to see you, please delay your trip until you are well again. If you fall ill during your visit and need medical attention there are two hospitals available to assist you in Chatham-Kent, one in Wallaceburg and one in Chatham.

For more Covid-19 specific questions and answers, visit the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit website.

COVID-19 Notice: Please check before you visit, as some sites and activities may not be fully operational. Continue to follow the advice of CK Public Health, maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines.