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Provincial Emergency Declared

stay at home graphicThe Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) on January 12.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

Since the implementation of the Provincewide Shutdown on December 26, 2020, the latest modelling trends in key public health indicators have continued to worsen, forecasting an overwhelming of the health system unless drastic action is taken. Escalating case counts have led to increasing hospitalization rates and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy which has resulted in cancellations of scheduled surgeries and procedures.

In response to the alarming and exceptional circumstances at hand, and to further interrupt the deadly trend of transmission in Ontario communities, hospitals, and long-term care homes, the government will enact the following additional public health measures:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.  
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

These measures will come into effect between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021, including the provincial declaration of emergency under the EMCPA, orders under that Act, and amendments to regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

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Impact on Town of Tillsonburg services

Due to the provincial shutdown, some Town of Tillsonburg facilities are currently closed, or have limited access. Please note there may be additional changes to come in response to the declaration of Provincial Emergency. Updates will be posted as they are available.

Town Offices
Building, Planning and By-Law (10 Lisgar Ave.)

Open by appointment only. Inspections of occupied dwellings are temporarily suspended.

For inquires call 519.688.3009 x 4600

 Corporate Office (200 Broadway)

Open by appointment only. Call 519.688.3009 for the corporate directory or to speak with a Customer Service Representative.

 Customer Service Centre (10 Lisgar Ave.)
Open by appointment only. Call 519.688.3009 to speak with a Customer Service Representative or book an appointment.


Additional Notes:

  • Marriage licenses will only be issued to applicants residing in Oxford who have a scheduled wedding within the next 7 days
  • Civil Ceremonies are not available during the provincial shutdown

Recreation Facilities 
 Community Centre (45 Hardy Ave.)
The Community Centre is closed and all in-person programs and rentals (January) are cancelled.* Refunds will be issued.


The Winter Recreation Guide has been updated with cancellations. Registration for Session 2, tentatively set to begin February 8, is available. Register online at or by calling 519.688.9011. 


Get additional updates, including information on virtual classes, at


*According to provincial regulations, no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes are currently permitted at any indoor or outdoor sport/recreational facility in Ontario.

 J.L. Scott McLean Outdoor Recreation Pad (45 Hardy Ave.)

The J.L. Scott McLean Outdoor Recreational Pad is open for SKATING ONLY. No hockey or ringette is allowed as per provincial regulations. 

  • Capacity is limited 
  • Users must maintain 2m from anyone not living in their household at all times
  • All users must meet the Public Health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act
  • Hockey and ringette sticks, as well as pucks and rings, are NOT allowed at this time
  • No games or scrimmages allowed as per the Province of Ontario

Police and by-law officers will be monitoring the facility regularly. Anyone not complying with the posted rules may be subject to enforcement action under the Reopening Ontario Act.


To report violations, please call 519.688.3009 ext 4600.

 Senior Centre



Get full details on their Facebook page.


Cultural & Other Community Facilities

Annandale Museum (30 Tillson Ave.) - Closed

Oxford County Library Tillsonburg - 2 Library Lane) - Curbside Pickup Only

Station Arts Centre (41 Bridge St. W.) - Closed


Transfer Station
The Tillsonburg Transfer Station--including the large item depot and yard waste area--will be closed to the public in accordance with the declared Provincial Emergency, beginning January 14, 2021. The facility will be closed for a minimum of 28 days.

The County of Oxford's Waste Management Facility, located at 384060 Salford Rd, Salford, ON will also be closed beginning January 14 for a minimum of 28 days.

Transportation Services
In-town and inter-municipal transit service remain operational during the province-wide shutdown to provide a safe and reliable transportation service for your essential travel needs.  COVID-19 safety measures are in place:
  • Service capacity is reduced (Limit of 8-passenger capacity for In-Town service and 10-passenger capacity for Inter-community service)

  • Face masks are mandatory for all passengers as recommended by Southwest Public Health

  • High touch areas of the vehicles are cleaned and sanitized after each route

Learn more at

 Tillsonburg Airport

The Airport Terminal building is closed to the public. One washroom remains open.

The Airport Café is closed to the public.



During this difficult time, resources are available to support businesses and individuals. Businesses can access programs and services from federal, provincial and local governments. Available resources for individuals include; food banks, financial and mental health support, employment assistance, and more.

Support for Business

COVID-19 Resources for Business

The Town of Tillsonburg is working with the Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Area to help support business owners through this challenging season.

A web page has been created to help you learn about the various government programs and support services that are being introduced from all levels of government. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

View Resources


Other local resources

Support for Individuals
Food Bank
Helping Hand Food Bank - Existing Clients 

If you are a regular client, the Food Bank will be open Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please have ID ready. You will be given a number and will wait outside until called. One client will be allowed in store at a time. All hampers will be pre packed and bread, meat and dairy added when the client comes. No special orders.

Helping Hand Food Bank - New Clients

If you are now in need of support from the Food Bank and have not accessed our services before, please call 519.688.3434 to set up an appointment. Leave your name, number and details and we will get back to you ASAP.

Salvation Army – Tillsonburg Community Services

Tillsonburg Salvation Army Community Services is open to assist clients with emergency food and shelter by appointment only. Please call 519.842.4447 ext 104 or email

St. Mary's/St. Vincent De Paul

If you need emergency food, call 519.842.3224 for assistance

Employment Assistance

If you are a student or an adult looking for employment, here are some organizations who can help.



Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre

Work in Oxford - Community Employment Services


Employment Services Elgin


Community Career and Employment Services, Fanshawe


Financial Support
Mental Health Supports


Support for Seniors

Support for at-risk seniors

If you are a senior or know a senior or adult with disabilities who is experiencing financial challenges, unable to meet their nutritional needs, in need of assistance with transportation to access healthy food, help is available.

Learn more


Oxford County Community Support Services Network

Grocery Buddy Programs, Meal Delivery Programs, Wellness Checks, Care Giver Assistance, and more. Call 1.888.866.7518


Caregiver Support Resources

Community Support Services recently launched a Caregiver Support Portal providing valuable resources and support.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre is located down the street from the hospital at 17 Bear Street. No referral is needed but for safety reasons, patients will be asked to schedule an appointment for testing. The Assessment Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To book an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the TDMH Assessment Centre call 1.855.905.6148. Please note that effective January 15, COVID-19 Assessment Centres located in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll will no longer be testing individuals who are travelling outside of Canada and require a COVID-19 test before travelling or entering their country of destination. This is in compliance with a change in testing criteria from the Province of Ontario. Individuals requiring testing for international travel clearance should consult their travel carrier for the most up-to-date information. 


Latest Media Releases

 Town of Tillsonburg Updates
 Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Updates
 Southwestern Public Health Updates
 Government of Ontario Updates