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Lock Down Thunder Bay District Monday

Lock Down Thunder Bay District Monday


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  February 26, 2021  (LSN)  Government of Ontario announced that the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) will be moving into the “Grey - Lockdown” zone of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Additional public health measures will further help control the spread of COVID-19 in the TBDHU area. This move comes into effect on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.

While we continue to see the number of cases and other public health indicators lowering in many regions across the province, the recent modelling shows us that we must be nimble and put in place additional measures to protect Ontarians and stop the spread of COVID-19," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "With COVID-19 variants continuing to spread in our communities, it is critically important that everyone continues strictly adhering to all public health and workplace safety measures to help contain the virus and maintain the progress we have made to date."

Based on the latest data, the following public health regions will move from their current level in the Framework to the following levels effective Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:

Based on the latest assessment of data the "emergency brake" is being used to place Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit into Grey-Lockdown, helping to stop the spread of the virus and protect public health and health system capacity in the regions. This is due to a rapid worsening in key public health indicators, as well as a high presence of variants in the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit that continue to increase - the highest in the province. As of February 23, 2021, there has been a total of 170 confirmed cases of a variant of concern in this region.

Today, Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario's decision to put the Thunder Bay District into the Grey-Lockdown level of the COVID-19 Framework.

"This lockdown will be devastating for many small businesses.  Unfortunately, like so many others who have been impacted by COVID-19, the small business owners I've spoken with have been discouraged by a cycle of promised help that doesn't come.

"Many of our small businesses are still waiting for the financial support that was promised by the Premier in December.  Our calls for stronger testing and tracing systems to control virus spread have largely gone unanswered.

"Clear and consistent restrictions and health protocols remain elusive as businesses are being shut down or forced to significantly change their service model based solely on the products and services they offer. The current system favours large department stores and online retailers over locally-operated small businesses.

"We are frustrated in the knowledge that this surge was preventable.  For weeks, local leaders have been pleading for urgent support from the province to address an outbreak in our homeless population.  This week we are seeing our worst fears realized as the outbreak has spread across the community.closing schools and stretching hospital resources to the limit. 

"Public health and economic health are closely linked - until we get this health crisis under control, we will not have a healthy business climate.  We need help to suppress the flames of COVID in our city - we need the province to step up with resources for our health unit and social services community and we need every citizen to diligently follow the rules to stop the spread."



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