Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard says he’s in full support of the new, lowered social gathering limits across Ontario.

“Because we’ve been so protected, we have a bit of a sense that things are going well. But we have to recognize that other places in Ontario have a lot of issues. Ontario is hoping to provide a better environment to control COVID-19 the best they can,” said Reynard.

On Saturday, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario will be reducing limits on the number of people allowed to attend private gatherings across the province. These gatherings can include parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The new limits are 10 people at an indoor event or gathering, and 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering. Indoor and outdoor events cannot be merged together to create a gathering of 35, with 25 outdoors and 10 indoors. This will lead to heavy fines.

“I believe it’s a good decision. The City of Kenora’s always followed the directions of our health experts. We certainly don’t want to end up like the United States. Canada as a whole is doing well, and northwestern Ontario is doing really well.”

“But we have to still be wary. It’s difficult, but we have to continue to do what we’re doing. People are doing everything they can to protect, themselves, their friends, their family and the community. We have to be proud of what we’re doing and we have to continue doing that,” added Reynard.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.

Residents are reminded to assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative measures such as social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and staying home if you’re sick.

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Social gathering limits reduced effective immediately