Roadmap to Reopening - Step Three

See what is included in the Ontario Government's Step Three Reopening:  

Effective July 16, we are in Step Three of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopening

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
    • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

 

See what City services are reopening in Step 3. Read our latest media release: City Prepares to Reopen in Step Three (July 14)

 

City programs and services during COVID-19

  • Use the A-Z City Services Directory for up-to-date information on programs, services, facilities and amenities as they are operating or modified during the COVID-19 pandemic. The directory also contains City contacts for information & essential service appointment bookings.

A-Z City Service Directory

Read latest City news

Regular updates will be provided on City of Thunder Bay services. Read the media releases issued below, or subscribe to City News at www.thunderbay.ca/subscribe

Latest update:

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Watch Mayor's community video addresses

View Updates from the Mayor

Mayor Mauro addresses the community regarding the COVID-19 situation. 

 

Jan. 29, 2021 - Mayor Mauro urges caution and vigilance as cases continue to rise in our community.


 

View Mayor's Messages from 2020

 

 

COVID-19 self-assessment

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care. 

Take the COVID-19 Self Assesment

COVID-19 resources 

Cold weather response

The City and community partners remind all citizens to take extra caution when spending time outdoors, especially during extreme cold events. The Cold Weather Response Plan, which addresses the gap in our community because of COVID-19 and the cold weather, will be active for the duration of the municipal state of emergency. Visit www.thunderbay.ca/ColdWeatherResponse to learn more about how to stay safe this winter, including a listing of local warming centres and overnight shelters.

 

Employee spotlight during COVID-19

This month's spotlight: Talia Strickland- Pandemic Support Worker

 

Read Talia's Employee Spotlight

 

 

City of Thunder Bay employees who provide essential services are working on the front lines and behind the scenes trying to navigate the ever-changing work environment to deliver vital City services during these unprecedented times. The City has developed an Employee Spotlight Series, to highlight the great work staff are doing during these difficult times and describe what it's like working during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

In recognition of the dedicated work by all City of Thunder Bay employees during the pandemic, City Council and senior management would like to say thank you. Please watch this video message:

Watch: Dear City Employees - Thank you
City Employees Continue to Serve Residents During COVID-19

 

City Council during COVID-19

March 23 City Council Meeting

On March 25, a by-law was passed to allow members of City Council to participate and vote at meetings electronically during this emergency situation.

The Municipal Act previously allowed for Members of Council to participate in meetings electronically, but they were not included in quorum and were not entitled to vote. The amendment passed by the Province of Ontario on March 19, 2020, allows for any member participating electronically to be counted toward quorum and have their vote count only when a state of emergency has been declared. Under the provision in the amendment, a Special Committee of the Whole meeting took place on March 25, to pass the necessary changes to the Procedural By-law to allow electronic participation. Councillors Johnson and McKinnon participated in the March 25, meeting electronically.

Learn more about Thunder Bay City Council

Supporting the community response fund

The United Way of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation have established a COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Donations to the fund will support local non-profits helping those at high risk throughout this crisis. Those who would like to help can donate to the fund through either the United Way or the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

Non-profit agencies may learn more about this Grant opportunity at: https://uwaytbay.ca/how-we-help/funding-applications-2 

COVID-19 Resource Directory for Service Providers 

The COVID-19 Resource Directory for Service Providers is a compilation of some regional, provincial and national COVID-19-related resources for service providers. The directory provides resources and links on the following sectors: health, mental health, housing, justice, crime prevention, trauma, technology, food security, finances, harm reduction, and newcomers/refugees, as well as tips for working remotely and online learning courses.  

For additional information on local agencies, use 211 Ontario North to find the agency of interest and link to their website. Several agencies in Thunder Bay have dedicated COVID-19 pages outlining service continuations, disruptions and/or suspensions. For City of Thunder Bay service information visit www.thunderbay.ca/a-z.

Thank you to the following participating organizations for the ongoing development of the COVID-19 Resource Directory: Crime Prevention Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, Canadian Mental Health Association, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and 211 Ontario North.

 

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