An easter wreath hangs on the outside of a door.

Staying home for Easter long weekend

In light of the upcoming Easter long weekend, it’s imperative, more now than ever that we continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Highlands East and Haliburton County.

Report violations

If you are aware of anyone who is not practicing appropriate physical distancing, adhering to social gathering rules or violating the emergency order in any way please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report online by visiting

Stay home, don't gather

We need to stay home, practice physical distancing and avoid hosting gatherings whether inside or outside, for people who do not already live with us. This will mean the unfortunate cancelling or postponing of family gatherings such as Easter dinners and other traditional ceremonies that accompany these celebrations. Many more holidays will be coming and warmer weather is on the way.

Fines for public events and social gatherings

We continue to remind our local and seasonal residents to please stay home. Under the order of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), public events and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Failing to comply with this emergency order is an offence under the EMCPA and parties may be subject to a fine.

Short term accommodations prohibited

In previous years, the Easter long weekend has been a popular weekend for cottage rentals or for cottages visits by seasonal residents. According to the Province's list of Essential Business, every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that all rentals booked after April 4th, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.

Fines for disobeying STA order

As a reminder to all parties, failing to comply with the emergency order restricting short term accommodations is an offence under the EMCPA and parties may be subject to a fine. Highlands East will welcome all travellers into our community, once it is safe to do so.

Have a different Easter weekend so we can all enjoy a normal one next year

We encourage residents to stay connected with friends and family this Easter weekend by hosting virtual dinners, through telephone or through online video chatting services. It will not look or feel the same as a traditional dinner but protecting everyone’s safety now ensures we have future gatherings to attend.