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All of Northwestern Ontario has become a Yellow Zone for COVID

All of Northwestern Ontario has become a Yellow Zone for COVID

From the Manitoba Border to Marathon in the east

THUNDER  bAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  November 27, 2020  (LSN)  Northwestern  Ontario is now an Ontario Yellow Covid Zone  extending from the Manitoba border in the west to Marathon in the east. with 781 cases, 3 deaths, and 91 Active Cases    Kenora, Atikokan, Dryden, Ear Falls, Emo,Fort Frances, Rainy River, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout,Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Thunder Bay, Ontario  

As of Monday, Nov. 30 at 12:01 am, the City’s of Thunder Bay active screening tool will not permit members of the public to enter any city facility if they have travelled outside of Northwestern Ontario in the previous 14 days.

“We anticipated that increased travel could be a contributing factor to a second wave,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “Our advocacy on travel restrictions and the announcement by the Health Unit is a positive step that we can take as a Corporation to better protect our residents.”

The City recognizes that some members of the public may have to travel for essential reasons such as medical care or other reasons. If a resident requires accommodation, they can contact the appropriate area at which they are requesting service and all efforts will made to accommodate their needs.

The new screening questions include:

  • In the past 14 days has a member of your household returned from travel outside of Northwestern Ontario and developed symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you travelled outside of Northwestern Ontario (Manitoba border to Manitouwadge) in the past 14 days?

 

This information is being used for contact tracing purposes and to ensure individuals are not entering if exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

If the individual answers YES to any of the above questions, they have not passed and will be advised to not enter the facility (including any that are outdoor, or partially outdoor). They will be instructed to go home to self-isolate immediately and contact the Thunder Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centre to be assessed and scheduled for testing.

Public health measures in Yellow  level

  • Events and social gatherings (for example, barbeques):
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Organized public events and gatherings:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals:
    • 30% capacity indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Requirement for workplace screening
  • Face coverings required in:
  • Where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers, workers must use additional protections such as eye protection
  • Workplaces must develop and implement a communication/public education plan (highlighting risk)
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Non-essential travel from areas of high-transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided
  • Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metre minimum between tables
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Require patron contact info (one per party)
  • No buffet style service
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close at midnight
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • safety plan must be available upon request
  • Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Capacity limits:
    • 10 people indoors (classes)
    • 25 people outdoors (classes)
    • 50 people indoors (area with weights or exercise equipment)
  • Spectators allowed (50 indoors and 100 outdoors)
  • Limit of 50 people per room basis if operating in compliance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During COVID-19)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemption for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music to conversation level and prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or weight machines and exercise and fitness classes
  • Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • safety plan must be available upon request
  • Meeting and event spaces

  • Limits:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
    • exception for court and government services, weddings, funerals
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • 50 indoors per room, where physical distancing can be maintained if venue operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19)
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close at midnight
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • safety plan must be available upon request

Retail

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metre distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • For malls, a safety plan must be available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Capacity cannot exceed 50 persons
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan must be available upon request

Cinemas

  • Limit in facility and area:
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan must be available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Limits with 2 metre physical distance maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan must be available upon request

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