Capacity Limits Lifted at City Indoor Recreation Facilities

Effective Monday Oct. 25 at 12:01 am, the Ontario government lifted capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination is required, including all city indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities.

Patrons entering any of the City’s indoor recreation facilities are still required to provide proof of vaccination. This can be done with the Verify Ontario App QR Code, paper vaccination receipt (not laminated) or medical exemption alongside government-issued identification. This requirement is in addition to existing active screening procedures.

Pre-screening continues to be required at all recreation facilities. Help reduce line-ups at entrances by completing pre-screening online at: 

Reopen Ontario

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

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.

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Watch Mayor's community video addresses

Aug. 24, 2021 - Mayor Mauro thanks the community for the continued efforts in helping stop the spread of COVID-19, and urges residents to continue following public health guidelines as a possible fourth wave looms.

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 resources 

Employee spotlight during COVID-19

This month's spotlight: Alain Joseph  - Policy Analyst  

Read Alain'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

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: 

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

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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