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 the timing is right. Your well-being is our number one priority. Businesses and communities are continuously implementing and updating enhanced health & safety protocols, and developing new and innovative ways 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 is in Step Three of its reopening plan.
Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols
1. The next time you visit, things will look a bit different. You can expect:
- Welcome signage for physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and health & safety protocols
- Non-medical Masks or Face Coverings are required indoors
- Plexiglass barriers to help protect visitors and front line workers
- Hand sanitizer for proper hand hygiene
- Online services such as bookings, shopping, takeout orders and more
- Customer screening (this includes possible symptoms, travel outside of Canada, close contacts of those positive with COVID-19, etc.)
2. Public Health Units in our region have issued mandatory indoor masks or face coverings orders.
Learn about all orders and FAQs from each Public Health Unit that services our catchment area:
- Algoma Public Health
- Porcupine Health Unit
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts
- Thunder Bay Public Health
We ask you to please adhere to the mandatory face coverings order for indoor public settings. This means you should 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.
For questions or concerns about wearing non-medical masks for face coverings visit Algoma Public Health’s Face Coverings Resources for help.
Additional Resource: Canada’s public health agency – How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering
3. We appreciate your patience as you may have to wait in line or make a reservation well in advance. While service may not be as speedy as usual, it’s because the staff is taking the time to maintain a healthy environment.
4. Businesses of all types have ensured all aspects of your stay are considered but are not limited to:
- Arrival & departure whether by plane, train, or automobile
- Check-in & check-out
- Equipment rentals, life vests
- Enhancements to cleaning
- Housekeeping cleaning protocols
- Changes to common areas such as dining
- Guide services, and more
Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the new enhancements and protocols. It’s important we hear from you.
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.
Keeping Our Communities Safe
When out in communities, 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 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
Be Kind. Please be Compassionate. Please be Respectful. We want to create positive and friendly environments within our communities and businesses!
Recommended reading: How to Travel Safely to Northern Ontario
What’s Open in Algoma
If you’re unsure about regulations when visiting any business, be sure to reach out to them to learn how they can serve you best during this time.
Food Services & Dining
Restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor dining services may vary. Takeout services and curbside pickups can be arranged at many establishments. You will be able to enjoy delicious food and drink options! Restaurants and Bars can sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders, and can also offer mixed cocktails and growlers with their food delivery or takeout orders.
Restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food or drink establishments
- Indoor and outdoor capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance
Food and drink establishments with dance floors (including nightclubs and resto-bars)
- Limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance with a maximum capacity of 50% indoors and 50% outdoors
- No limits to the number of patrons per table
- Buffets permitted
- Karaoke permitted with restrictions
- Dancing is permitted with restrictions
Places to Stay
All types of places to stay are open: lodges & resorts, remote outposts, cottage resorts, campgrounds & RV parks, motels & hotels, and bed & breakfasts. There are new policies, guidelines, and maybe some restrictions. Tourism businesses are ready for your arrival and will provide you with the very best in hospitality. Click here: Where to Stay to speak with businesses to plan your trip.
- On-premise indoor fitness or indoor recreational facilities are permitted to open with a maximum 50% capacity limit
Attractions & Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment, Sports
Our region’s attractions are open with restrictions. Golf courses, marinas, heritage sites, museums, galleries and access to natural wonders are ready and waiting for you. We recommend following attractions on social media for virtual experiences. This is a good way to keep up to date on hours of operation, events, and promotions.
- Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
- Cinemas, concerts, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits
- Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Hiking, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, parks, camping, or maybe it’s something else you love to do. We’ve always been a place to get away from it all and disconnect! We have the vast wilderness, no crowds, and wide-open spaces that you’re looking for.
Retail and Shopping
- Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
Gathering Limits in Step Three:
The Canada-U.S. will open to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors on August 9, 2021, with health & safety measures.
If you’re a fully vaccinated U.S. citizen, please CLICK HERE for more information and a checklist about travel, quarantine, testing and borders.
Steps U.S. Guests Need to Take Prior to Entering Canada:
- 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);
- Must have a negative COVID-19 molecular* test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival (view accepted tests); *Antigen tests are not accepted.
- Must be asymptomatic upon arrival;
- Upload information into the ArriveCAN app (App is Free & Secure)
- All information must be inputted into the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada.
- The app will ask you to input contact information for you and the people you are travelling with, purpose of trip, date of arrival, port of entry, proof of vaccination, and your quarantine plan.
- For the quarantine plan, input the location where you will be staying while in Canada
- Upon arrival, a CBSA officer will ask for your ArriveCAN receipt, proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test results and other typical documentation.
You can reach out any time with questions and interest in planning a future trip to Algoma Country.
Algoma Country Staff
We’re happy to answer your questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information. Here are the many ways to reach us:
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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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