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TBDHU joins Sudbury and District in the Yellow Zone

TBDHU joins Sudbury and District in the Yellow Zone

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  November 20, 2020 (LSN)  Today the Thunder Bay  District Health Unit joined 8 other Health Units in the Yellow zone at the recommendation of the Thunder Bay Board of Health Announced by the Ontario Ministry of Health  Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

As of November 20th Thunder District Health Unit has 207 confirmed cases and 142 Resolved,  65 active cases, 1 person hospitalized and one Deceased, compared to Sudbury & District Public Health Unit with 214 confirmed Cases and presently 22 Active Cases.

Thunder Bay had 17 cases of COVID-19 are connected to an outbreak at two Adult & Teen Challenge facilities in the city. and 29 cases from the City of Thunder Bay Pickle Ball Program.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit in Yellow  Nov 23rd. for 28 days Or Approx the week before Christmas.

Trends in public health data will continue to be reviewed weekly to determine if public health units should stay where they are or be moved into a higher level. Public health units will stay in their level for a minimum of 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods, at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health measures to determine if the public health unit should stay where they are or be moved to a different level. The Ministry of Health will continue to communicate regularly with local medical officers of health on local context and conditions to help inform the classification of their public health unit region.

In a Media Release the City of Thunder Bay stated:

“City-operated programs and access to City facilities remain relatively the same as when we made COVID-19 modifications in early Spring,” said City Manager Norm Gale.

Limited changes that visitors can expect when moving to this new level include:

All Recreational Facilities

The following protocols will be implemented in the Yellow – Protect level at recreational facilities:

  • Increasing space between patrons to three metres for areas where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes
  • Reservations will be required to book time for an activity, even those previously deemed as ‘drop-in’ programs; one reservation is required for teams

In addition to the general measures outlined above for recreational facilities, some facilities have additional measures. These include:

Community Centres

  • Recreational programs/classes will be limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports is required
  • Operating hours will be limited and must close at midnight
  • Liquor will only be sold or served between 9 am-11 pm, and no consumption of liquor is permitted between 12 am-9 am
  • Contact information for all seated patrons will be required
  • Limit of six people may be seated together (eg. At weddings and sit down events)
  • Limit volume of music (eg. No louder than volume of normal conversation to prevent shouting)

Canada Games Complex

  • Anyone entering the facility requires pre-booking – previously, this was only required for swimming, fitness classes and squash, but is now required for using any fitness area as well (eg. Workouts). This can be done upon arrival at the front desk.
  • Squash players will be encouraged to wear eye wear and masks while playing with members outside of their household.

Masks will still be required throughout all facilities, except while actively engaging in physical activity. All other protocols from the “Green – Prevent” level will still be in effect aside from the changes listed above.

After initial review of the current practices at Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care, operational changes have been implemented effective today (Nov. 20) until further notice, including restricting short-term absences to essential absences only, restricting general visitation to essential visitors only and encouraging window and facetime visits.

These come into effect on Monday, November 23, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

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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  • 20 November 2020
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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