Covid-19 in Cobourg

Last Updated: 2:35 pm 4 April 2020

This is a special page summarizing 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.

Provincial State of Emergency effective until April 13

Cobourg has launched a phone-in hotline for Public Information. – 289-677-0585 Operating 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week and “managed by trained municipal staff” the hotline “will serve as an information and referral service aimed to link individuals and families to vital services throughout the community including food, financial relief initiatives, information on the virus and how to get tested, along with other forms of aid”.  Town web site here.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has ordered all non-essential stores and services to close till April 14 –  Schools will not re-open until at least May 4. NEW – On April 3 he ordered more businesses to close  Here is the revised list of Essential Services.  Notable additions include Hardware stores (and some others) can only provide order/pickup and new residential construction permits are not allowed.

NEW Emergency child care is available for health care and frontline workers in Northumberland starting April 6, 2020 Apply here

Organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, effective immediately.  This does not include supermarkets, banks, child-care centres or other essential workplaces.  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.

A new web page with Government benefits listed.

Confirmed Cases – in Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge – Updated

  Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Northumberland HKPR DHU
Confirmed Cases 1 54 (most at Pinecrest Nursing home in Bobcaygeon) 13 * 68
Hospitalizations 0 3 0 3
Confirmed Deaths 0 22 (19 at Pinecrest) 0 22
Confirmed Outbreaks 0 1 (Pinecrest Nursing home ) 0 1

Source of this data HKPR For Ontario Updates and Statistics, go here. * There was a non-resident of area previously reported for Northumberland

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 daily from 8 AM to 8 PM. Hours of operation may change as needed. The NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre will screen patients, test (if deemed appropriate) and direct patients to proceed as required.

Closures – Updated

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

Organization Details Current 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  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 May 1
Town of Cobourg – Parks All  Parks are closed. This includes Victoria Park, the Beach, the Dog Park and all outdoor recreation venues.  NEW  The County has announced the closure of all trails and Parking areas in County Forests. Until further notice
Cobourg Police  No Entry to Police Station; 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). NEW  Essential only services in Diagnostic Imaging, Ambulatory Care and Surgical Services. 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. April 13
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. although not every day.  At No-Frills, Metro and others, the number of people in the store is limited; carts are sterilized.  Plexiglass barriers between cashiers and shoppers at No-Frills, Metro, Home Hardware and Walmart. 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. Northumberland Learning connection speakers cancelled. Museums such as Marie Dressler closed. NEW Victoria Hall Booking Office is closed.  No tickets are available April 30
Major Events Cancelled NEW The Highland Games have now been re-scheduled to August 29, 2020.  The Waterfront Festival (July 1-4) and the RibFest (August 14 – 15) have been cancelled.
All Schools Closed until further notified. May 4
Cobourg Transit  No charge; New. Also stringent limitations imposed – go to link at left May 1
Lakefront Utliities  Off-peak rates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 45 days.  Lakefront bills one month behind, so customers will not see this reflected until your next bill. May 8
Cobourg YMCA Shut down Until further notice
LCBO  Reduced Hours – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and closed Mondays Until further notice
Beer Store  Reduced hours 10:00 to 7:00 Mon – Sat.  Pause on recycling March 31
Cannabis Stores – NEW All stores in Roseneath including Cannabis stores are now closed.  The only exceptions to the close order are gasoline and fuel stores. Until further notice
Most Banks Some Branches closed – others have reduced hours Until further notice
All Downtown Stores Stores that are not essential (e.g. Banks) or food stores are closed.  But they have a portal where you can support them by buying a gift card.  Go Here Until further notice
DBIA Events – New All Downtown events for the rest of 2020 are cancelled.  This would include the Sidewalk sale, Harvest Festival etc. 2020
Essential Stores NEW Home Hardware and Home Depot recently reduced hours but are now limited to only provide order/pickup. Many stores are also reducing hours and limiting the number of people in the store at any one time..  Until further notice
Mall The Mall is closed except for Metro, Pearle Vision and Bank of Nova Scotia (details here) Until further notice
Dentists Emergencies only Until further notice

Other Closures

Community Care All offices close – still operating by phone and delivering frozen meals Until further notice
EarlyOn Child & Family Centres Closed and programming postponed Until further notice
Golden Plough Lodge Essential visitors only Until further notice
Legion Village No visitors allowed NEW 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
Garbage collection NEW Although the first bag of garbage is now free, all garbage must be in a bag.   Loose garbage in cans will be rejected. Until further notice
Cornerstone Donation room closed, new admissions – high risk cases only. Until further notice
All Gyms Closed  Until further Notice

Food Vendors

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 – FB means their Facebook page. 


Vendor Phone
123 Chinese Food 905 377 8369
Arthur’s Pub  (905) 372-9940
Boston pizza (905) 372-4222
Cobourg Homemade Food (855) 655-5795
Craft Food House (take-out and delivery option with a purchase of $20) 905-377-9917 
Dominos Pizza 
Dutch Oven Cake ‘n Bake  FB (pick up by appointment and delivery available)
East Side Marios 905-377-8556
Five Star Chinese   FB (905) 373-9288
Foodland – will deliver phone orders – update 905-373-1511
George & Orange   FB Wednesday to Saturday 5 pm – 8 pm (take out and delivery option) 289-252-0227
Golden Chopsticks  FB – Take out and delivery 905-373-9033
Home Plate 905-372-7212
Jim’s Pizza 905-372-6826
JJs Steak and Burger  FB 905-372-6747
Little Caesars Pizza 905-377-0505
Market and Smor – Online ordering (905) 269-1614
Metro – open but with pickup – but not in Cobourg – update 905-372-9799
MillStone Bread  FB Thursday-Saturday 10 am-3 pm 905-372-0033
Mr. Sub – Burnham St.  (905) 373-1972
Mr. Sub – King st 905-372-8566
Mucho  Burrito 905 373-1111
No Frills  – open but with pickup – long wait for pickup time slot – update
Papa John’s Pizza
Papa’s PizzaLand
(905) 372-6565
Pizza Hut Delivers
Pizza Pizza Delivers 905-372-1111
Rustic Bean:  Monday-Friday 9am-12pm (take-out) 289-252-2398
Sakura SUSHI Cobourg Restaurant  FB 905-372-0888 (take out only) 905-372-0888
Shawarma House & Pizza  FB (take out and delivery) 905-377-9999
Shoppers Drug Mart – limited food – will deliver phone orders – update 905-372-3333
Subway 905-372-3601
Swiss Chalet Delivers and Takeout 905-377-0533
TNS Health Food Organic Supermarket – Open and Delivers 905 373-6009
Walmart – Open – no pickup in Cobourg update 905-373-1239
Wok & Roll 905 377 8080
Woodlawn 1-800-573-5003

Other Affected Organizations

Organization Impact Current End date
Cobourg Council – Council Meetings Cancelled for the rest of March. Next meeting April 6 – online only. April 6
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 Until further notice
County Council – Council Meetings  County Council meeting on April 15 is cancelled April 15
Cobourg Staff working on CIP Work on the CIP for Affordable and Rental Housing has stopped  Draft CIP will be online for public review by end of March Until further notice
Provincial Court  All Provincial Offences Act matters  to be adjourned and rescheduled.  This is for court appearances disputing traffic tickets May 29
Northumberland County

Some County buildings are closed to the public until April 6. – included are 600 William Street, Provincial Offences offices at 860 William Street and Material Recovery Facility in Grafton. Household Hazardous Waste will not be accepted at our landfill and transfer stations until further notice. 
Although other offices remain open, public visits are discouraged.

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  
Transition House Temporarily moved/expanded to Cobourg Collegiate Institute Until further notice
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)

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) 

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