Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard says he’s glad to see an influx of summer visitors recently as Ontario eased some of their COVID-19 restrictions during the pandemic, allowing more local businesses to open their doors.

“It’s great to see. We’ve always maintained that our visitors are such a huge component of our social and economic fibres of our community. They bring energy, opportunity within the community and they’re part of our community in the summer. It’s wonderful to have people slowly coming back.”

“And now, because people can’t head to the United States, we’re starting to see visitors from different parts of Canada who might have never explored northwestern Ontario before. So, a small benefit of COVID-19, and we’re taking those benefits wherever we can find them right now,” added Reynard.

Stage 3 of Ontario’s framework includes new limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Up to 100 residents will be able gather outside, and up to 50 residents will be able to gather indoors, but all are still expected to strictly follow all social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Businesses that are now able to reopen include: dine-in restaurants, gyms, personal care services, live shows, performing arts centres, movie theatres, casinos, recreation centres, recreation facilities, live sports, team sports, and tour and guide services.

Canada is reporting just over 108,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness, with a reported 8,800 deaths. In our region, the Northwestern Health Unit has confirmed 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in the area, and 40 of those cases are considered resolved. Nearly 11,000 tests have been taken.

For more information:
Northwestern Ontario moves into Stage 3 on Friday
Kenora, province taking ‘positive steps’ to reopening, Reynard