COVID-19: Paid Parking Returns and Changes to Transit and Long-Term Care

Posted On Thursday July 16, 2020

Effective Monday, July 20, paid parking at metered spaces will return and Transit will once again begin front boarding and require fares. Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care Home and Jasper Supportive Housing have also begun a staged approach to reopening to visitors following yesterday’s provincial announcement.

Paid On-street Parking Returns

The Thunder Bay Parking Authority will be re-instating payments at all metered on-street parking spaces effective Monday, July 20. Vehicles parked at expired meters will be ticketed. All other parking regulations continue to remain in effect and will be enforced.

Transit Changes Take Effect Monday

Transit fare collection and front door boarding will resume on Monday, July 20. The Transit Services office located at 570 Fort William Road is now also open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Transit passes and tickets can be purchased at 28 locations across town. While City Hall remains closed, transit passes and tickets are available for purchase at City Hall by scheduled appointment. Call 625-2230, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to set up an appointment. For listings of all other locations where passes can be purchased visit:

Thunder Bay Transit reminds riders to practice physical distancing on board wherever possible, and strongly recommends wearing face coverings at bus stops and on-board buses.

Pioneer Ridge and Jasper Place Begin Staged Approach to Reopening 

“Pioneer and Jasper Place welcome the long awaited visitor announcement and the privilege of reuniting residents and tenants with their families,” said Lee Mesic, Administrator Pioneer Ridge. “As both Homes prepare for this movement, both emphasize the need for a gradual, phased approached with close monitoring and guidelines.”

Following the provincial government’s announcement on Wednesday, July 15, for Long-Term Care Homes to move to stage two of a gradual, staged resumption of visits, effective immediately Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care Home and Jasper Supportive Housing will now permit two visitors at one time during outdoor visits. COVID-19 tests for these visitors, who maintain social distance, are no longer required.

Preparations are also underway for indoor visits which may begin as early as next week but will not commence until all arrangements are in place to follow the strict safety guidelines. Regulations on inside visits include instructions on infection control practices, scheduled limited visits, a negative COVID-19 test, initially only primary care givers, mandatory masks, limits on the number of visitors in the facility at one time and close monitoring of all guidelines.

All aspects of reopening will be closely monitored and the Homes will be prepared to adjust steps as required to continue to ensure the safety of the residents and staff remain top priority.

Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care Home and Jasper Supportive Housing are pleased to take these important steps forward to reunite families and continue to encourage loved ones to maintain the outside window visits and virtual visits that so many residents and tenants are enjoying.

City Playgrounds Remain Closed While Preparing for Reopening

City playgrounds currently remain closed while the City waits for COVID-related operating requirements and once received will follow up with modifications and signage. Further announcements will be shared when playgrounds can reopen.

For the most up-to-date list of service changes, and additional city service information lines, visit: For public health information, visit:

  • - the Ontario Ministry of Health reports on the status of cases in Ontario each morning at 10:30 am.
  • www.TBDHU.COM/coronavirus - the Health Unit’s website contains links to credible sources of information for both the public and local health care providers.

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Contact: Jodi Wright, Corporate Communications, 633-1218



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