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Thunder Bay and NW Ontario moving to next phase of reopening

Thunder Bay and NW Ontario moving to next phase of reopening

Created: July 14, 2020 03:20 PM

Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario, along with much of the rest of the province, will move to stage three of reopening on Friday, July 17.

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Stage three is the last stage of Ontario's "restart" phase.  According to the provincial government, the change means nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen. Some venues and activities will remain closed, and physical distancing is still required.

LINK: Stage three of Ontario's reopening

The City of Thunder Bay issued a statement Monday saying it welcomes the move to the next stage, and that it has been working on its reopening plans and putting in place all necessary arrangements. However, it cautioned that it needs time to review provincial orders to finalize reopening plans.

"Thanks to our community’s ongoing commitment to following public health advice we have found ourselves in the position to enter stage three reopening," Mayor Bill Mauro said in a statement.

"As we move into stage three, this will remain a gradual process to ensure all safety parameters are put in place before areas reopen to the public. I remind all residents to continue to follow public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so we can once again have our community open, healthy and strong," Mauro said.

Public Health Ontario says that as of Monday, there have been a total of 93 COVID-19 cases in the Thunder Bay Health District. There have been 42 cases in the Northwestern Health Unit, which includes Fort Frances and Kenora.

The international border between Canada and the U.S. remains closed to non-essential travel.

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