November 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Overview – Cancellations, Restrictions, Protests

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COVID-19 Update

Thunder Bay – NEWS – Across the planet the lives of billions of people are being impacted by the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus. This pandemic is impacting families, business, and almost all aspects of the lives of people.

Here are some of the latest updates:

Polar Bear Plunge Cancelled

There is another cancellation to report. The Polar Bear Plunge in Thunder Bay, for 2021, has been cancelled. Concerns over COVID-19 are at the heart of the decision by organizers.

This is going to have a serious impact on the charitable fundraising efforts of those organizations which are a part of the annual event.

Hammarskjold High School

Lakehead Public Schools is pleased to report that the public health investigation conducted by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is reporting no evidence of the spread of COVID-19 at Hammarskjold High School. On Saturday, November 21, 2020, Lakehead Public Schools and the TBDHU reported a positive case of COVID-19 associated with Hammarskjold High School.

City of Thunder Bay

City of Thunder Bay has enacted new rules for visiting city facilities. If you have been outside of the region you can not enter city facilities. This includes City Hall, the Canada Games Complex to name a few. Full Report: City of Thunder Bay.

Protests Against COVID-19 Measures

In parts of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario rallies against COVID-19 rules and restrictions have continued.

On Saturday in Calgary, as the province of Alberta reported record-high 1,731 positive COVID-19 test numbers, over one thousand people rallied in front of Calgary City Hall protesting against masks and other public-health measures.

In Toronto, protests at Adamson Barbecue last week, over the decision by the company owner to ignore the lockdown measures put in place has seen Adam Skelly repeatedly charged for those violations.

Health officials have changed the locks on the business and issued trespass orders on individuals requiring them to keep off of the property.

While some are protesting the rules that Public Health officials have put in place, others are protesting provincial governments rules.

In Manitoba, small businesses have been closed, big box stores are open and operating with severe restrictions on what they can sell. In Manitoba for example people shopping in Walmart can only purchase what the government has classed as essential items. Christmas shopping in-store has been severely restricted.

This has raised concerns across Kenora, Dryden, and into Thunder Bay as people travelling from Manitoba could be making their way east for shopping.

Both the Northwestern Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit are under the Yellow – Protect rules over increased COVID-19 cases.