Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 11:18 am  3 June 2020

This page summarizes news about the Covid-19 virus. The page will be dynamic – that is, it will change with the news.  Also, it will not accept comments.  

NEW annotation indicates a change recently added to this page – not necessarily a new restriction.  Annotations will remain for a few days.  

For Information on Support (Money) from Governments, see this page

Provincial State of Emergency extended until June 9  

Re-Opening – NEW – Update

Requires Social Distancing and other conditions – Ontario Guiding principles/framework.

Effective Allowed
Monday May 23 Beaches and Parks are now open for small groups and family groups but not organized sports  Details in news item here But Victoria Park Beach is Closed
Wednesday May 20 The Town of Cobourg has resumed Marriage Licensing and Civil Ceremonies – see Town’s web site News for details 
Sat May 16 The Province announced that Golf Courses, Marinas and Trailer Parks may open (Official announcement here) – but Cobourg’s Marina and Trailer Park are closed for now – officially to May 29 – but in practice will be closed until at least mid June.  
Friday May 15 With the opening of the Provincial parks, the County has now announced that the County Forest Trails will also re-open on May 15 with similar restrictions.   Details here.
Monday May 11  All retail stores with a street entrance may provide curbside pick-up and delivery.- Downtown contact information
Saturday May 9 Hardware stores and Safety Supply Stores fully open – must follow same rules as Grocery and Pharmacies 
Friday May 8 Garden centres and nurseries – fully open, must follow same rules as Grocery and Pharmacies
Wed. May 14  All construction is allowed but with social distancing rules  
Monday, May 4

•  Lawn care and landscaping;
•  Automatic and self-serve car washes;
•  Car dealerships, open by appointment only; and
•  Marinas and golf courses will be permitted to begin preparing their operations for the season.

Press Release with details

Saturday 25 April Allotment and Community Gardens –  Guidelines/Requirements here   In Cobourg this includes the Community Garden at James Tracey Park located at 450 Walton Street.

Cobourg provides a phone-in hotline for Public Information. – 289-677-0585 Operating 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week: An information and referral service aimed to link individuals and families to vital services throughout the community.  Town web site here.

Open & Closed
Open & Closed

The Town has created the graphic at right to explain the rules as of 22 May 2020. The Beach has now been fully closed effective June 2.

Here is the revised list of Essential Services. These are allowed to continue to operate although with restrictions.

Emergency child care is available for health care and front line workers in Northumberland. New expanded list of eligible workers.  Apply here

Organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.  This does not include supermarkets, banks, child-care centres or other essential workplaces – see updated list above of open locations.  Announcement here.

A web page has been created which gives the phone numbers of all the doctors in Northumberland.  There’s even a number to call if you don’t have a doctor.  Go here.

See also the web page with Government benefits listed – updated as benefits change.

MPP David Piccini issued the following:

The Provincial Government has launched on online survey seeking feedback on the impacts of COVID-19 on personal finances, business supports, and government relief measures – [primarily as it relates to employment and business]. The survey will be open until June 2020 and the insights will be used by the members of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to help inform the province’s restart and recovery plan.

Please find the link to the survey here:

See also page with links to official regulations for this emergency. 

Covid-19 Data – in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge

Updated  3:18 pm 2 June 2020

  Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Northumberland HKPR DHU
Confirmed Cases 8 151 17 176
Current Probable Cases 0 0 0 0
Current High Risk Contacts 2 22 0 24
Hospitalizations 1 9 1 11
Resolved 7 125 16 148
Deaths 0 32 0 32
Outbreaks 0 0 0 0

For definitions of terms, see the Source of this data HKPR  – For Ontario Updates and Statistics, go here.
Status on outbreaks at bottom of this page
click here. – Updated 31 May

If you think you may have the virus, first do a self-assessment here.  If necessary, then call the NHH Assessment Centre at 905-377-7783. They may suggest you visit – they are located at the Ambulatory Care Clinic area of NHH at 1000 DePalma Drive, immediately inside the Hospital’s main front entrance. The Centre will be open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm . The NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre will screen patients, test (if deemed appropriate) and direct patients to proceed as required. Assessments by appointment only.

Closures/Restrictions/ChangesUpdated – 3 June

Note that end dates are often revised. The sources for this data are generally announcements by the organizations.

Organization Details Start/ End date
Town of Cobourg All Municipal buildings closed to the public and activities in Public buildings to stop: CCC closed, Concert Hall programs rescheduled, Venture 13 programs and classes cancelled. AGN closed, no public group meetings like Historical Society. Library closed.  A complete list of what’s closed plus more is here. Until further notice
Town of Cobourg Budget Impact No Summer students will be hired by the Town in 2020 and part-time staff have been laid off.  NEW  A special Council meeting was held on May 21 to review status.
Town of Cobourg  With the closing of Vic Hall, its washrooms were no longer accessible to the public so two portable washrooms were set up outside Vic Hall on Third Street Until further notice
Parking Parking will be free in all Municipal Lots August 31 NEW
Marina and Trailer Park    Closed until May 29, 2020. The boat launch is now open NEW May 29
Cobourg Transit Reduced Schedule and restrictions added – Details hereFree for now June 9 or later
Cobourg Police  No Entry to Police Station; The Comfort Centre, the emergency cooling and warming room, will be closed as well. Until further notice
Northumberland Hills Hospital  No Visitors. NHH volunteers have ceased on-site volunteer duties;  External meetings/special events planned for NHH cancelled (e.g. PACE). Essential only services in Diagnostic Imaging, Ambulatory Care and Surgical Services.  More in News item here. Until further notice
All Bars and Restaurants  The Provincial state of emergency ordered closed:  All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery; So (e.g.) Tim Hortons is drive-through only.  See list of restaurants below June 9 NEW
No Frills, 
Metro, Foodland, Walmart
Reduced hours – mostly 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Open for seniors and others with special needs at 7:00 am.  At No-Frills, Metro and others, the number of people in the store is limited; carts are sterilized.   Until further notice
All Entertainment venues closed Rainbow Cinema, Concert Hall at Victoria Hall, FireHall theatre, Anywhere that might need an audience of 5 or more. No live shows.  Museums such as Marie Dressler closed. Sifton-Cook Museum will not open. Victoria Hall Booking Office is closed.  No tickets are available Until further notice
All Town/ Community Events Cancelled All events on Town Property (CCC, Victoria Hall, Parks, etc) cancelled until Sept 1.  News item with details here.   The Vintage Film Festival September 25-27 has been cancelled.  All CCC Summer camps cancelled. Update
September 1
All Schools Officially Closed and re-opening in September  September 8, 2020
Lions and Columbus Centres Like other Venues – also closed. Until further notice
Lakefront Utliities  From June 1 to October 31, hydro will be 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour at all times of the day. Up to May 31 it was 10.1. The usual TOU rates are 10.1, 14.4, and 20.8c/KWH depending on the time of day.– Update  Oct 31
Cobourg YMCA Shut down Until further notice
LCBO  Both locations: Reduced Hours – Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed Mondays – other days: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm  Online Orders pickup at Post Office – may be 2 weeks delay Until further notice
Beer Store  Reduced hours 11:00 to 6:00 Mon – Sat. !2:00 to 5:00 Sunday  Recycling available at Cobourg store.  Online ordering available for pickup, but no delivery in Cobourg Until further notice
Cannabis Stores  All stores in Roseneath including Cannabis stores were closed.  The only exceptions to the close order are gasoline and fuel stores.  Online ordering is available.  Some stores are now open but must respect social distancing and other guidelines. May 7
Most Banks Some Branches closed – others have reduced hours Until further notice
All Stores Curbside pickup of online orders now allowed – see above. Stores that are not essential (e.g. Banks) or food stores are closed (except for curbside pickup).  But they have a portal where you can support them by buying a gift card.  Go Here.  Downtown Contact Information NEW Until further notice
DBIA Events  All Downtown events for the rest of 2020 are cancelled.  This would include the Sidewalk sale, Harvest Festival etc. If possible, the Christmas event may be re-instated – TBD. December 2020
Mall The Mall is closed except for Metro, Pearle Vision, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bell (11:00 to 3:00 pm) and Rainbow for popcorn on Saturdays (1:00 to 4:00 pm) NEW Until further notice
Dentists Emergencies only Until further notice
MTO Seniors Drive Tests  If you are 80 or more, you need to attend an MTO drive test session to renew your Drivers licence.  These are now shut down. Until further notice

Other Closures – Updated 19 May

Community Care All offices close – still operating by phone and delivering frozen meals Until further notice
EarlyOn Child & Family Centres Closed and programming postponed.  Current Status here. Until further notice
Golden Plough Lodge Essential visitors only Until further notice
Legion Village No visitors allowed  Until further notice
Child Care Centres All YMCA, Cobourg Day Care and most others – see link at left for details.  For all licensed day care centres – go here. Until further notice
Free Day Care
Daycare for essential workers is available.  Go to the Government benefits page or directly to the County’s application page here. Until further notice
Recycling Centres  Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) in Bewdley, Seymour, and Brighton will reopen to the public on a limited basis by May 1. More here. Bewdley CRC hours now Monday to Saturday – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm  May 19
Cornerstone Donation room closed, new admissions – high risk cases only. Until further notice
All Gyms Closed  Until further Notice

Food Vendors – last update 8 May

Now that restaurants are closed for eat-in, many are offering take-out or delivery. For some this is not new, for others it is. This list may not be complete and was gleaned from work by others plus an internet search. Phone numbers are provided so you can call and ask exactly what they offer: delivery and/or take-out/pickup. Links are provided to web sites where available – Some links are to a Facebook page. 

Vendor Phone
123 Chinese Food – Takeout and Delivery – closed Tuesday 905 377-8369
Arthur’s Pub – Takeout and Delivery – including beer & wines – 5 to 9 pm daily 905 372-9940
Big Mouth Fish and Grill FB —  Phone orders for Takeout – open 12:00 to 8:00 pm 7 days 905 372-7777
Boston Pizza – Pickup and Delivery 905 372-4222
Burnham Family Market  – Online ordering and next day curbside pickup   –
Cobourg Homemade Food – Online Ordering and delivery – 7 days 4 to 8:00 pm (855) 655-5795
Craft Food House (online order & pickup) Closed Sunday 905-377-9917 
Dominos Pizza – Online ordering pickup or delivery
Dutch Oven Cake ‘n Bake  Phone orders – pick up by appointment and delivery available
Five Star Chinese   Phone orders 12 to 9:30 pm  (905) 373-9288
Foodland – will deliver phone orders 905-373-1511
For Heaven’s Sake – Take out 289 251-2251
George & Orange   Wednesday to Saturday 5 pm – 8 pm (take out and delivery option) 289-252-0227
Golden Chopsticks  Take out and delivery 905-373-9033
Home Plate – Takeout only – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 905-372-7212
Jim’s Pizza Palace – Tuesday to Sunday – 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm except 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays 905-372-6826
JJs Steak and Burger Closed Sundays 905-372-6747
Little Caesars Pizza – online order and pickup 905-377-0505
Market and Smor – Online ordering and pickup (905) 269-1614
Metro – open  – but no pickup in Cobourg 905-372-9799
MillStone Bread   Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 3 pm – Telephone order and pickup – Open some days – 1 customer in store. 905-372-0033
Mr. Sub – Burnham St. – Takeout (905) 373-1972
Mr. Sub – King st. – Takeout 905-372-8566
Mucho  Burrito – 7 days – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm except 7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday – Online Orders with Pickup 905 373-1111
No Frills  – open plus online ordering with pickup – wait for pickup time slot now typically 2-3 days
Papa John’s Pizza – 7 days 3:00 to 8:00 pm except 10:00 pm Fri & Sat – Delivery & carry out
Papa’s PizzaLand – 7 days 11:00 am to 9:30 pm – Delivery and Pickup
(905) 372-6565
Pizza Hut Delivery & Carry out – 7 days 12 to 9:00 pm except Fri Sat 10:00 pm
Pizza Pizza Delivery & Pickup – 7 days 11 am to 11:59 pm except 3:00 am Fri & Sat 905-372-1111
Rustic Bean   Pickup Mon – Sat 10 am – 3 pm plus Fri – Sat 4 to 7 pm. Delivery Fri Sat nights – phone orders 289-252-2398
Sakura SUSHI Cobourg Restaurant   Phone orders – take out only. Tues-Sat 11:30 am to 9 pm (last order 8:30 pm ) and Sun 11:30 am to 8:00 pm (last order 7:30 pm). 905-372-0888
Shawarma House & Pizza  (take out and delivery) 905-377-9999
Shoppers Drug Mart – open – limited food – will deliver phone orders 905-372-3333
Shuck It –  Phone orders – open 12 to 6, Wed., Thurs, Fri, Sat. 905-372-2777
Subway – Online 905-372-3601
Swiss Chalet Delivers and Takeout – online ordering 905-377-0533
Taste of Agra – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm takeout and delivery – Indian Food 905-372-1655
TNS Health Food Organic Supermarket – Open 7 days 10 to 5:00 pm and Delivers 905 373-6009
Walmart – Open – also online & pickup in Cobourg – wait time typically one day 905-373-1239
Wok & Roll – Open 3 to 8. Closed Wed and Sunday   905 377 8080
Woodlawn – Takeout and Delivery – online or phone. Wed to Sun. Pickup 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Delivery 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm 905-372-2235

Other Affected Organizations – Updated 20 May

Organization Impact End date
Churches No in-person Church services allowed with more than 5 people.  Virtual services should be used instead – e.g using You-Tube Until further notice
Council and other Meetings The Town and County Councils are now conducting meetings online as are many other organizations. Until further notice
Cobourg Fire  Ceased all public education and fire prevention activities for now. Requests for fire inspections will be reviewed on an individual case basis with any immediate threat to life an inspection will be conducted Until further notice
Cobourg Council – Advisory Committees Cancelled – so far none have advised that they will conduct their meetings online. Until further notice
Cobourg Staff working on CIP Work on the CIP for Affordable and Rental Housing has stopped  Draft CIP was intended to be online for public review by end of March but this has not happened.  Project on hold.  Until further notice
Provincial Court  All Provincial Offences Act matters to be adjourned and rescheduled.  This is for court appearances disputing traffic tickets. Official notice –  July 6
Northumberland County

Some County buildings are closed to the public  – included are 600 William Street and Material Recovery Facility in Grafton. Household Hazardous .  Although other offices remain open, public visits are discouraged. Provincial Offences offices at 860 William Street are open for Ministry of the Attorney General/Ontario Court of Justice processes other than Provincial Act matters – see previous item.

Until further notice
United Way Office Closed and staff working remotely Until further notice
Rebound  Suspension of all group programs – other programs now by phone 905-372-0007, or by text at 905-269-7165 Until further notice
Transition House Temporarily moved/expanded to Cobourg Collegiate Institute.  At least until school resumes on Sept 8 – no word on what happens then. Sept 8 ?
Post Office There is no signing at the door; 60 countries will no longer have service, list here; Hours were 8 to 5:30 Mon-Fri but will now open 1 hour later and close one hour earlier.  These hours apply to the Queen st location. Until further notice

HKPR Health Unit (covers Cobourg)


Outbreak Status –  31 May 2020

Outbreaks Declared Over:

Empire Crossing Retirement Home – Port Hope
This outbreak was declared on May 16 after one asymptomatic resident tested positive for COVID-19
during enhanced surveillance testing.

Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence – Bobcaygeon
This outbreak was declared on May 12 after one staff person tested positive for COVID-19 during enhanced
surveillance testing.

Fenelon Court Long Term Care HomeFenelon Falls
This outbreak was declared on May 18 after one asymptomatic staff person tested positive for COVID-19
during enhanced surveillance testing. The Health Unit declared the outbreak over on May 30, 2020.


Other Useful Pages

Hospital page

Town of Cobourg Covid-19 Information page

Canada On-Line self-assessment tool

World-wide cases – Map and Statistics 

Town of Cobourg Emergency Plan (2015) 

Caremongering – Volunteers helping others

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