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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

A Message From Your Friends at Algoma Country:

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not forgetful. In these uncertain times, we’re doing our best to safeguard what is most precious to us. We cannot wait to welcome you back!

It’s important to do our part: this page is dedicated to resources and information about what we’re doing in Algoma Country and Northern Ontario to welcome you back when you’re ready. Your well-being is our number one priority. Businesses and communities have enhanced health & safety protocols in place to ensure you have fun safely.

The information below is to help you better understand the health & safety guidelines and protocols in place by businesses and communities.

Ontario’s Reopening Plan

Effective January 31, 2022, at 12:01 am Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions while maintaining protective measures, including:

  • Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions while maintaining protective measures, including:
  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50% in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
  • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
  • Shopping malls;
  • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
  • Cinemas;
  • Meeting and event spaces;
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50% seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Ontario – Proof of Vaccination for Some Public Settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontario patrons need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination with proof of identification (photo identification not required) to access certain public settings and facilities, including:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions
  • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Certain outdoor settings that have a normal maximum capacity of 20,000 people or more

Does not apply to:

  • outdoor patios, take-out and delivery services
  • public places where people receive medical care, outdoor guiding services, grocery stores, medical supplies, retail and the like

Proof of vaccination information will not be retained by any business.

For parents and guardians concerned about their children (Youth aged 12 – 17 years) carrying IDs around, the Ontario Government is allowing that age group to use photocopies or photos of their government-issued ID.

Enhanced Vaccine Certificate

Ontario has implemented an enhanced vaccine certificate that contains a SMARTⓇ Health Card QR code that businesses can easily scan at the door. The Verify Ontario app is used to scan the QR code will only tell businesses if a person can enter their venue or not. The Verify Ontario app does not allow the Ontario government or businesses to track or save personal and identifiable information.

Effective January 4th, 2022, you are required to use the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code to access businesses and organizations where proof of vaccination is required. Vaccine receipts without a QR code will not be accepted. Download your enhanced vaccine certificate by clicking here or call 1-833-943-3900 to have your enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions of the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code.

Those with medical exemptions also need verified certificates with a QR code as doctor’s notes will no longer be accepted as of January 10.

All other current public health measures including indoor face-covering policies continue to remain in place.

Resources to Help You

If You Aren’t Vaccinated

If you aren’t vaccinated or are partially vaccinated (for example, you have only the first dose of a two-dose series), you:

  • won’t be able to enter businesses and organizations where proof of vaccination is required for those who are aged 12 and over

Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols

When out in our region’s communities or visiting businesses, please follow current health & safety measures, and additional guidelines set out by the province and businesses.

To do this, we ask that you respect and adhere to public health guidelines:

  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when in a public indoor space
  • If you are sick, please stay home
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines in different types of situations and settings (6 feet apart/2 metres apart)
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Follow any other guidelines or policies set by businesses and communities
  • Customer screening (this includes possible symptoms, travel outside of Canada, close contacts of those positive with COVID-19, etc.)

Be Kind. Please be Compassionate. Please be Respectful. We appreciate your patience as you may have to wait in line or make a reservation well in advance. We ask you to please be respectful to front-line workers at any business and follow all policies put in place to ensure safe, healthy and friendly environments within our communities and businesses!

Mandatory indoor masks or face-covering orders

Bring a mask or face covering with you at all times. Be prepared to wear a mask or face covering in indoor public settings. If you forgot your mask or face covering, businesses may be able to offer you one free or sell them.

Mandatory Record-Keeping in Restaurants, Bars, Boat Tours

All restaurants (indoor and outdoor dining), bars, boat tours and guide services are required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days. These client logs can only be disclosed to the medical officer of health or a health inspector upon request. This measure is to help with support cases and contact tracing. Please help us keep our communities and businesses safe by doing your part and providing the correct information to these businesses!

What information will you be asked for?

  • name and contact information, like a phone number
  • contact information for only one person in a party entering indoor or outdoor dining areas is now required, with exceptions

What types of guide services and boat tours will ask for this information?

  • Guided fishing and hunting trips, tastings and tours of wineries, breweries and distilleries, trail riding, walking tours, bicycle tours, and other motorsports vehicle tours

*This does not apply to establishments that require dine-in patrons to order or select food and drink at a counter, food bar or cafeteria line and pay before receiving their order.

Learn more and find FAQs from each Public Health Unit that services our catchment area:

Visitor Information

U.S. Visitors Wanting to Travel to Canada

The Canada-U.S. is open to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors with a negative COVID-19 test.

If you’re a fully vaccinated U.S. citizen, please CLICK HERE for information and a checklist about travel, quarantine plans, testing and borders on the official Canada website.

Read: Canada – U.S. Border Re-opening FAQs

Steps U.S. Guests Need to Take Prior to Entering Canada:

  1. Be fully vaccinated by a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and/or Johnson & Johnson);
  2. Must have a negative COVID-19 molecular* test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival (view accepted tests); *Antigen tests are not accepted.
  3. Must be asymptomatic upon arrival;
  4. Upload information into the ArriveCAN app (App is Free & Secure); Help for ArriveCAN
    1. All information must be inputted into the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada.
    2. The app will ask you to input contact information for you and the people you are travelling with, the purpose of the trip, date of arrival, port of entry, proof of vaccination, and your quarantine plan.
    3. For the quarantine plan, input the location where you will be staying while in Canada.
  5. Upon arrival, a CBSA officer will ask for your ArriveCAN receipt, proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test results and other typical documentation.
  6. You may be selected to complete a random COVID-19 test at the time of border crossing. The test must be completed within 24 hours, virtually in front of a nurse (be sure you have a good internet connection, your mic and camera are working on your mobile device). If you have further questions or concerns regarding the random testing, please contact the Algoma Country staff at 1-800-263-2546. We can help answer questions and provide guidance for testing.

COVID-19 Testing

Find a COVID-19 testing center in your state by clicking here
*There may be a cost associated with testing.

Ontario Staycation Tax Credit

Find out how to get back up to 20% of your eligible 2022 Ontario accommodation expenses.

You are eligible to claim the credit if you are an Ontario resident on December 31, 2022.

You can claim the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for accommodation expenses for a leisure stay of less than a month in Ontario, at a short-term accommodation or camping accommodation, like a hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage or campground. This does not include timeshare agreements, or a stay on a boat, trail or other vehicle that be can self-propelled.

The tax credit only applies to leisure stays between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, regardless of the timing of payment for the stays. The tax credit does not apply to business travel.

For complete details like who is eligible, eligible expenses, and how to claim the credit visit www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-staycation-tax-credit#section-1

If you have questions about the tax credit, please contact the Ontario Budget Hotline at 1-800-337-7222.

Algoma Country Staff

We’re happy to answer your questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information. Reach us:
Toll-Free: 1-800-263-2546
Email: info@algomacountry.com
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Start planning your next adventure by ordering our visitor guide or navigating through our website to learn more about how you can enjoy your favourite activities in our area.

Need to reach a travel information centre in our region? Find visitor centres in Algoma by clicking here

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