COVID-19

COVID-19 Recovery 

 

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.

Ontario’s most recent message – Starting January 5, 2022, Ontario is in a modified stage 2 of re-opening

What to Expect When You’re Here

Measures include:

  • Social gathering limits to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors
  • Organized public events to 5 people indoors
  • Limited capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50% capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, are permitted at 50% capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be closed
  • Personal care services permitted at 50% capacity and other restrictions
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces are closed with limited exceptions but outdoor spaces can remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50% capacity
  • Indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments closed. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive-through and delivery is permitted
  • Restricted the sale of alcohol after 10 pm and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 pm with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments are permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50% capacity
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sports leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50% occupancy and other requirements

Each region in Northeastern Ontario has their own public health protocols.

Please contact businesses during this time to see how they can serve you best. Accommodations remain open but there may be some restrictions based on services (restaurant, bar, fitness, etc.)

For more information, please visit the following links:

Ontario Government Message

Algoma Public Health

Nipissing – Parry Sound District Health Unit

Porcupine District Health Unit

Public Health Sudbury and Districts

Temiskaming Health Unit

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 Limited

Short-term accommodations must operate under the following conditions:

  • open except for any area required to be closed, such as indoor gyms, pools, steam rooms/saunas
  • restaurants within the hotel or motel offer takeout or delivery only

Short-term rentals must operate under the following conditions:

  • only open to those in need of housing (does not apply to hotels, motels, resorts, and other shared rental accommodations, including student residences)
  • ice fishing hurts permitted with restrictions

Camping, Glamping, and RV Touring
Cottages, Lodges, and Outpost Cabins
Eco Lodges
Hotels and Motels
Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
Resorts

    Attractions and Culture are Limited

    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.

    Organized public events are permitted under the following conditions:

    • indoor events limited to five people or fewer
    • outdoor events have no limits on number of attendees, but face coverings and/or masks must be worn when distancing (two metres or more) cannot be maintained

    Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals are closed. 

    Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50% capacity.

    Francophone Culture
    Historic Sites
    Indigenous Culture

    Museums and Galleries
    Performing Arts
    Special Attractions

    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.

    Adventures can be found here!

    Restaurants, Bars, and Food & Drink Establishments are Limited

    These establishments require proof of vaccination and capacity limits and physical distancing requirements will apply. They must also operate under the following conditions:

    • Indoor service is closed
    • Take out, drive thru, and delivery are allowed
    • Outdoor areas are open with restrictions including, but not limited to:
      • no more than 10 people per table
      • patrons must remain seated
      • no dancing or singing
      • active screening
      • limited hours for sale, service, and consumption of liquor 

    Eat In & Take Out
    Specialty Shops

    Tour Guides for Fishing & Hunting are Closed

    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. 

    Note: Restrictions on outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance.