February 26, 2021

Today, the 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.

“With a continued increase in cases and hospitalization rates, we are currently in an exceptionally challenging situation.” says Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health. “I recognize this feels like a step backward and many of us are feeling the COVID-fatigue but these enhanced measures are needed to get COVID in our community under control.”

In addition to the general public health measures, there are some new and specific requirements that apply under the Grey – Lockdown zone.

For a complete listing of the general and sector specific restrictions, please visit the Grey – Lockdown section of the framework online at the Province of Ontario’s website. All measures are also detailed in Ontario Regulation 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

TBDHU will continue to support businesses and workplaces in implementing and adopting all of the measures required to protect their workers and the public. Updated resources and supports specific to sectors will be available on the health unit website at TBDHU.com/workplaces/sectors as of Monday March 1, 2021.

As we move into the grey zone, we remind everyone to follow all general public health recommendations. Of particular importance is staying home as much as possible and avoiding close contact with others outside of your immediate household.

Visit TBDHU.com/coronavirus for more information or contact TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630

Updated information will be posted as it becomes available, please check the website FWFN.com and watch for community notices to keep updated.

As per the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework, under the Grey – Lockdown category:

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same households. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained is 10 people
  • Indoor and outdoor service at restaurants, bars and food/drink establishments is not permitted. Take-out, drive-through and delivery are permitted.
  • Most facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed.
  • In-person retail shopping is not permitted.
  • Personal care services are closed.

In addition to the Framework restrictions, members of the public are advised of the following:

  • Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons (work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or exercise and physical activity).
  • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household.
  • Work remotely, where possible.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when around others from another household, out in public places, or outdoors when unable to stay physically distant.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.

Post Vaccine Precautions:

If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, please continue to follow all Health and Safety Precautions:

  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Follow all guidelines as they relate to government regulations
  • Wash or sanitize your hands
  • Stay home when possible

Thank you for your continued support in preventing covid-19