This is a very difficult time for our tourism industry and travellers, and COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone globally. Northeastern Ontario Tourism is here to support you and is doing everything we can in partnership with our communities, provincial and federal governments, industry partners, and Health Authorities to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on our tourism industry in Northeastern Ontario.
What our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow is uncertain; we want to assure you that we are all working together. We have reached out to our partners to leverage our collective power to align and support these efforts to pull through the times ahead.
When it is time to travel once more, the forest, lakes and streams, as will be the smiles you grown accustom to, will be waiting, right here in Northeastern Ontario.
What to Expect When You’re Here
Every business and organization must implement passive screening by posting signs at all entrances informing patrons to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entering. It may be possible that an active screening may be required. They must also comply with advice, recommendations, and instructions of public health officials. This includes:
- face coverings
- physical distancing
- cleaning or disinfecting
Inside a place of business or organization, you must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres and wear a mask or face covering (with limited exceptions).
Each region in Northeastern Ontario has their own public health protocols.
For more information, please visit the following links:
What You Can Do
Please continue to do your everyday steps stop exposure and protect the health of all:
- wash hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- where a mask or face covering when at public places indoors
- stay at least two metres away from other people when indoors
- stay home and self-isolate when you are sick
Accommodations are Open
All on-premise indoor fitness or indoor recreational facilities are permitted to open with a maximum 50% capacity limit. Every person must maintain a physical distance of two metres.
Attractions and Culture are Open
Northeastern Ontario is home to an incredibly vibrant world of arts and culture–from galleries to pow-wows, our region is full of a deep and rich history that is reflected in everything we do.
These attractions must adhere to the following:
- indoor capacity is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
- capacity for each room is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
- outdoor capacity in the ticketed area is 75%
- maximum capacity must be posted
- indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
- business must have a safety plan with additional requirements
Outdoor Adventures are Open
We are home to world-class paddling, hiking, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and even flightseeing. We have thousands of kilometers of paved roads winding through a pristine wilderness for epic road trips by car, RV, or motorcycle and countless trails on crown land and backcountry roads for off-road adventures.
Restaurants, Bars, and Food & Drink Establishments are Open
Capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person (except for those at the same table).
Tour Guides for Fishing & Hunting are Open
The only conditions for guides are:
- the number of people on the tour must be limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing
- the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour
Fishing in Northeastern Ontario is perfect due to our lakes and waterways.
And when winter comes, check out our ice fishing partners.
It’s a hunter’s paradise here in the Northeast, whether you’re into big or small game.