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COVID-19: What's closed or cancelled in Thunder Bay

Check this list for updates on Thunder Bay-area closures and cancellations due to the novel coronavirus
COVID-19 Village Media

As the public health response to COVID-19 evolves, we're tracking what's closed and cancelled in the Thunder Bay area due to the coronavirus. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Please refer to the Thunder Bay District Health Unit webpage for more information on COVID-19.

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Events

All Thunder Bay Community Auditorium events cancelled until further notice

LUNSA Powwow (March 13-15)

Chamber of Commerce “After Business” event (March 18)

Pride Central's Queer Prom: MasQUEERade event (March 20)

“Spring into Life” at the Thunder Bay Conservatory (March 21)

NOSFA film screenings (March 25, April 1) and Northwest Film Fest (April 19 and 26)

Fittest Fat Guy challenge (March 30-May 9)

Trans Day of Visibility (March 31)

Spring Home & Garden Show (April 3-5)

Thunder Bay Health and Safety Conference (May 20)

Folklore Festival 2020 (May 2 and 3). 

Magnus Theatre's remaining performances of Cottagers and Indians. 

North of Superior Film Association Film Festival (March 25, April 1, 19, and 26). 

The Army of Sass at the Paramount Theatre (March 20 and 21). 

Trent McClellan Hunt for Happy Tour at Cricket's Comedy Club (March 20 and 21). 

Easter Seals Roast (April 9, will be rescheduled at a later date)

Sounds of Superior Chorus Fashion Show at the Current River Recreation Centre (March 29).  

Education

All publicly funded schools – Classes cancelled March 23 to April 3 (students return to class April 6)

Lakehead University - Classes cancelled March 16 & 17, all classes moved online beginning March 18. Libraries are remaining open on regular operating hours, for now.

Confederation College - All classes and labs suspended for a one-week period beginning March 16. Classes will begin online deliver March 23. Many college buildings will remain open, with some exceptions. See more details here.

Lakehead District School Board has cancelled its board meeting scheduled for March 24.

Learn to Swim has postponed all lessons. 

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute — All College & University program classes are moved online beginning March 21.

Childcare

Nanabijou Child Care Centre closed until April 3

Daycares located inside publicly-funded schools are closed through April 3

All Schoolhouse Playcare Centre locations closed March 14 until April 5

Government

Numerous City of Thunder Bay offices and facilities are closed or offering restricted access. Check the city's COVID-19 web page for the latest updates.

The Thunder Bay Public Library is closing all branches until April 6

Thunder Bay City Council has suspended all council and committee meetings until further notice. The city says meetings will be held if necessary for urgent items of business or legislative requirements. Updates will be posted on the city's website.

Fort William First Nation has closed its band office to the public, however staff can be reached by email or phone.

Oliver Paipoonge municipal facilities including the NorWest Arena, Murillo and Rosslyn community halls, Murillo and Rosslyn libraries, and Duke Hunt and Founders museums are closed until further notice 

Shuniah Municipal Office open for essential business services only. Residents are asked to call 683-4545 before visiting.

Shuniah's MacGregor Recreation Centre is closed to all activities until further notice.

Anishinabek Police Service detachments are closed to the public except for emergency situations. If you require a police officer for an incident, call 1-800-310-1122. In emergency situations, call 911.

Thunder Bay Police Colllision Reporting Centre now accepting reports over the  phone (345-1617). You can then arrange with the centre staff regarding photographing the damage. The public is encouraged to utilize the online reporting system for various incidents including mischief, minor theft, shoplifting, breakin to shed or garage, etc. For other police matters "If you are not sure if you really need to attend our headquarters, please call first." (684-1200)

Community Programs

Thunder Bay Public Libraries are suspending all programming until April 6. All library branches are also closed. 

The Thunder Bay Food Bank is suspending food distribution to clients. 

Ontario Native Women's Association office temporarily closed, and programming suspended until further notice.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be closed to the public and all programming suspended until further notice. 

Port Arthur Rotary Club meetings

The Thunder Bay District Humane Society and the low-cost spay and neuter clinic are closed to the public. 

Every Breath Counts Healthy Lung Support Group is postponed until further notice. 

EcoSuperior has closed its offices to the general public (unless pre-arranged) until April 5. 

Recreation

City-owned recreation facilities closed until further notice. See more details here.

Businesses

The Groggy Toad Coffee House - closed until the end of March

The Foundry - closed until further notice

Intercity Shopping Centre operating with normal hours, however some businesses may operate with reduced hours. See updates on the ISC website.

Gillons Insurance office is closed. 

Work Authority office in the McIntyre Centre is closed. 

Indigo (to March 27)

Dine-in restaurants are closed, but those that can offer take-out or delivery can stay open.

The Gap

Old Navy 

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. 

Attractions

Fort William Historical Park is closed until April 5

Thunder Bay Museum is closed until April 6

Sports

SIJHL (Thunder Bay North Stars) – all games cancelled

All minor hockey and playoffs

All Soccer Ontario-sanctioned events

Lappe Nordic Ski Club has suspended all activities. 

Ten Mile Road Race cancelled for 2020

Faith

Anglican Church of Canada has suspended public worship services

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church has suspended all worship services and church activities. That policy will be reviewed at the end of March.

Thunder Bay Catholic diocese Saturday and Sunday Mass cancelled for weekends of Mar 21/21 and Mar 28/29.

Airlines

Porter Airlines has temporarily suspended all flights.