Safe Celebrations in Elgin County

Elgin County, Ontario – The holidays in Elgin County will look different this year which means we have to think of new and different ways to celebrate and connect with family and friends. 

“This is a challenging and stressful time for all of us as we would love to spend time with family and friends.  While we may have to let go of long-standing holiday traditions, this is an exciting opportunity to make new traditions” said Warden Tom Marks.  “In an effort to keep my family safe, we’ll be connecting with friends and loved ones virtually”. 

We have to keep in mind that the holidays can be especially challenging for some individuals.  If you know of anyone who may be experiencing isolation, please give them a call or reach out virtually to check-in. 

Our community has come together since the onset of the pandemic.  “I have seen kindness and support spread throughout Elgin County in a number of different ways – from supporting each other to supporting our local businesses and restaurants” said Warden Tom Marks. 

Public health and safety measures are not just about protecting yourself, they are about protecting those throughout our community, and beyond.  “Please continue to follow all necessary health and safety precautions and guidelines, including those required for our community to have a safe and healthy holiday season,” continued Warden Tom Marks.  “Let’s support each other and do everything we can to keep each other safe.” 

As you begin to prepare for winter holiday celebrations, it is important that you follow the limits on close contacts, social gatherings and events to protect you, your family, friends and coworkers from COVID-19 this holiday season.  Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside of your household.  Elgin County residents are reminded to continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be an advocate for Public Health adherence in their own homes and communities:

  • Physically distance (2m) from those outside your household and limit close contact to your household (the people you live with);
  • Avoid in-person social gatherings and non-essential travel and;
  • Wash hands frequently or use 70% alcohol hand sanitizer;
  • Wear a face covering; and
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Elgin County by visiting the Southwestern Public Health Website. 

“On behalf of Elgin County Council, we wish our entire community a safe and joy-filled holiday and all the best for 2021”, said Warden Tom Marks.

For more information, please contact:


Warden Tom Marks





Easter Holiday Closure Notice
Family Day Closure Notice
Graphic to indicate holiday closures at Elgin County Facilities. The Elgin County Administration Building, Provincial Offences Administration Building, and Elgin County Heritage Centre will be closed on Friday, December 23rd at noon. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.