City offers Precautionary Measures during Partial Eclipse

Earth from space
When viewed from the International Space Station (ISS), the night skies are illuminated with light from many sources. For example, the Midwestern United States presents a nighttime appearance not unlike a patchwork quilt when viewed from orbit - image from NASA ©2012

Is there anything more enjoyable than the laughter of children? The City of Thunder Bay has hit a proverbial home run in Current River
Is there anything more enjoyable than the laughter of children? The City of Thunder Bay has hit a proverbial home run in Current River

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay is implementing precautionary measures to prevent harm to residents and/or visitors that may be caused by Monday’s partial eclipse of the sun.  Looking directly at an eclipse of the sun, even if partial, can result in permanent eye damage due to the infrared and ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun.  The risk to the eyes of children is most significant as their eyes are still developing and they may be the most likely to look at the sun out of curiosity.

In Thunder Bay, the eclipse is expected to begin at 12:52 pm and end at 3:28 pm on Monday August 21st.  The peak coverage of the sun is predicted for 2:10 pm.

Residents/visitors, especially those with young children, are encouraged to participate in indoor recreational activities during this time.  The Canada Games Complex is offering a public swim 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The Churchill Community Pool and Volunteer Pool will be offering a public swim 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  The City is offering free admission to these swims.  Regular admission and supervision requirements apply.  For more information and admission requirements, please call 684-3311.

City-operated outdoor pools (Dease, Heath, and Art Widnall) will be open.  However, staff have been instructed to clear the pool between 12:30 – 3:30 pm if conditions are potentially harmful to patrons.  Staff will provide alternative activities to children/youth in areas sheltered from the sun.

City-operated and supervised beaches (Sandy Beach, Boulevard Lake) will be open. However, staff have been instructed to close the beach between 12:30 – 3:30 pm if conditions are potentially harmful to patrons (eg darker skies negatively impact staff ability to view bathers).

In respect of the City’s Playground Programs, parents are encouraged to keep their children indoors between 12:30 to 3:30 pm.  If this is not an option, Playground Program staff will offer children activities at nearby sheltered areas.
The City’s splash pads, including the Water Garden Pavilion at Marina Park, will be operational.  However, as splash pads, with the exception of the Water Garden Pavilion at Marina Park, are unsupervised, parents are advised to take recommended precautions.  Staff will be providing alternate activities for children/youth inside Mariners’ Hall 12:30 – 3:30 pm.