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Rink capacity reduced to 50 per cent

City plans to close its concession stands and won't allow outside food or drink in rinks or other recreational facilities to ensure visitors wear masks for the entirety of their visit.
Fort Williams Gardens

THUNDER BAY -- Hockey parents will have to do without their cup of Timmies for the foreseeable future.

The City of Thunder Bay on Saturday announced that not only is it planning to reduce capacity at all of its rinks and recreational facilities to 50 per cent, but it's also closing all concession stands immediately, as required under the latest provincial guidelines announced on Friday.

The city is also banning all outside food and drink from its facilities, removing any excuse for mask removal while attending events.

"We are committed to our ongoing efforts to slow the spread as best we can," said city manager Norm Gale in a release issued on Saturday.

"We recognize athe impact of these new provincial regulations to those accessing our recreation facilities and we ask for patience and kindness. Following public health guidelines makes a difference and we appreciate everyone's cooperation."

The rules come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday.

Proof of full vaccination remains a requirements for adults and spectators aged 12 and older.

Starting on Monday, proof of full vaccination will also be required for youth aged 12 to 17 to take part in sports and recreation at city-owned recreational facilities. Active screening is also mandatory.

Users of recreational facilities can pre-screen at

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