City Moves to 'Yellow - Protect' as COVID Cases Rise

Posted On Friday November 20, 2020

The Province announced today that on Monday the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) zone will now move to Yellow of the province’s pandemic protocols. Until now, the district has been in the lowest level (Green).

“We have clearly entered the second wave of this pandemic, and we must do absolutely everything we can to protect and support the lives of the most vulnerable citizens in our community including our seniors, people with compromised immune systems and respiratory ailments,” said Mayor Bill Mauro.

“It is important that we all follow this direction from the public health professionals. The spread of a second wave is very real, and we need to act now and get ahead of any possible increased transmission.”

Many City recreational facilities implemented enhanced measures at their time of re-opening and as such do not require changes when moving into this new level.

“We continue our ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and make sure the Corporation can act and respond quickly to any changes to our stage in the pandemic,” said City Manager Norm Gale.

“City-operated programs and access to City facilities remain relatively the same as when we made COVID-19 modifications in early Spring,” said City Manager Norm Gale.

Limited changes that visitors can expect when moving to this new level include:

All Recreational Facilities

The following protocols will be implemented in the Yellow – Protect level at recreational facilities:

  • Increasing space between patrons to three metres for areas where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes
  • Reservations will be required to book time for an activity, even those previously deemed as ‘drop-in’ programs; one reservation is required for teams

In addition to the general measures outlined above for recreational facilities, some facilities have additional measures. These include:

Community Centres

  • Recreational programs/classes will be limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports is required
  • Operating hours will be limited and must close at midnight
  • Liquor will only be sold or served between 9 am-11 pm, and no consumption of liquor is permitted between 12 am-9 am
  • Contact information for all seated patrons will be required
  • Limit of six people may be seated together (eg. At weddings and sit down events)
  • Limit volume of music (eg. No louder than volume of normal conversation to prevent shouting)

Canada Games Complex

  • Anyone entering the facility requires pre-booking – previously, this was only required for swimming, fitness classes and squash, but is now required for using any fitness area as well (eg. Workouts). This can be done upon arrival at the front desk.
  • Squash players will be encouraged to wear eye wear and masks while playing with members outside of their household.

Masks will still be required throughout all facilities, except while actively engaging in physical activity. All other protocols from the “Green – Prevent” level will still be in effect aside from the changes listed above.

After initial review of the current practices at Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care, operational changes have been implemented effective today (Nov. 20) until further notice, including restricting short-term absences to essential absences only, restricting general visitation to essential visitors only and encouraging window and facetime visits.

Should the TBDHU's zone colour change, they will update the www.TBDHU.COM/coronavirus website section as soon as possible and will ensure guidance documents are current for specific sectors.

For the most up-to-date list of service changes, and additional city service information lines, visit: www.thunderbay.ca/coronavirus

 

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Contact:       Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications, 625-3650

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