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City explains how municipal facilities are affected by the new COVID regulations

Outdoor recreational amenities are closed but playgrounds are open subject to physical distancing.
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Using the skate park at Marina Park is not permitted under the enhanced COVID-19 restrictions (TBNewswatch file)

THUNDER BAY — You can still use a City of Thunder Bay recreational trail but you can't use the skate park or sit down at a picnic table.

These are some of the provisions that fall under the province-wide restrictions related to COVID-19.

The City of Thunder Bay on Monday afternoon issued a statement outlining how municipal services including outdoor recreational amenities are affected.

City Manager Norm Gale said the city's approach is to continue to provide services that are not restricted by the province, but it is complying with all government orders as follows:

  • Outdoor recreational amenities including golf courses, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee golf locations, tennis, and skate parks must close
  • Parks and recreational areas including trails will be open to allow people to walk through them
  • No person shall use outdoor sports facilities, any portion of a park or recreational area containing outdoor fitness equipment, or any outdoor picnic site or picnic table
  • Off-leash dog parks, park benches, playgrounds and play structures may be open but any person using them or an open park or recreational area must maintain physical distancing
  • Marinas are limited to repair, placing boats in the water, or if necessary to allow access to a residence. They cannot be used for recreational boating
  • Community gardens will remain open
  • Religious/wedding ceremonies are limited to 10 people whether indoors or outdoors, with drive-in ceremonies able to exceed the limit provided everyone remains in their vehicles
  • Building Services is continuing to receive, review and issue all building permits, but inspections will only be carried out on projects deemed essential under the new provincial restrictions

The city's statement noted that the Thunder Bay District Health Unit continues to urge area residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside Northwestern Ontario.

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