The City’s Emergency Operations Control Group met again yesterday to discuss new developments and planning around COVID-19.

The group includes the Mayor, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, Fire and Police Chiefs, Hospital President and CEO and the Medical Officer of Health.

Among other things they talked about the supply of personal protective equipment for local health care workers and emergency personnel, and appropriate measures needed to protect essential workers.

Overall, they’re monitoring the situation and will continue to meet to respond to new developments and keep the community updated.

“The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority and we will continue to work to ensure that measures are in place to maintain essential services during this pandemic,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “We strongly encourage residents to do their part to save lives by following public health recommendations regarding social distancing, safe handwashing and hygiene.”


Starting on Monday North Bay Transit will begin operating on a reduced Saturday schedule from Monday through Saturday, in response to customer demand.

Buses on Sunday will continue to operate on a Sunday schedule.

Officials say the change means a reduction of three hours of service.

They also say the MyRideNBT app will update to reflect the changes.

Last buses leaving the terminal will depart between 7:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.


The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is working with licensed child care service providers and the health unit to set up a plan to provide emergency child care for essential workers.

They’re exploring options for the community and the needs of eligible families, like as full or part-time, on call, evening, weekend and overnight care.

The list of essential workers eligible for emergency child care is provided to the DNSSAB by the Ministry of Education.

Ministry approval will be needed for the plan before it can be implemented.

Updates will be provided online at


And starting today (Saturday) the first hour of shopping at Tokyo Smoke North Bay is being dedicated for seniors only from 10-11 am.

Officials also say the number of guests into the canabis retailer is being limited to six at a time.

Staff and guests are also being asked to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other.

A plexiglass barrier is also being installed at the cash register.

(File photo by station staff)

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