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On Monday, November 8, 2021, Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Medical Officer of Health issued Instructions under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act, in accordance with the Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long Term (Government of Ontario, PDF). The Plan requires local public health to monitor trends and to put in place additional protections as warranted. The Instructions require Greater Sudbury businesses and operators to reinstate protections recently lifted by the province. The time-limited measures will be in place until the situation improves based on ongoing risk assessments and monitoring of key public health and health indicators.

Support for additional measures from the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

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Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury

“As our case numbers continue to climb, I ask each and every one of you to take some time to refocus on stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please follow the additional public health instructions. I know this will be difficult, but it’s a necessary, short-term measure to get us back on track. Wear a mask, maintain physical distance, host COVID-19 safe events, stay home if you feel unwell, and get vaccinated. Thank you for continuing to keep the health and wellbeing of our families and friends top of mind, and for your commitment to doing your part for the greater good of our community. I am confident that if we all work together, we can reduce these case numbers.” said Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury.

Dominic Giroux, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Sciences North

“Increased COVID-19 cases in Sudbury have a direct impact on our operations and how we care for patients. Admissions of patients with COVID-19 at Health Sciences North (HSN) rose rapidly from 3 on October 28 to 21 on November 8. HSN already has among the highest over-occupancy among Ontario hospitals. This increased demand for care unfortunately forced us to reduce the number of scheduled surgeries for non-COVID patients to approximately 85% of normal surgical volumes,” said Dominic Giroux, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Sciences North

Debbi Nicholson, President & CEO, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

“Small and medium-sized businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and its impact on our local economy,” said Debbi Nicholson, President & CEO, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.  “We encourage all businesses and residents to take extra precautions as instructed by the Medical Officer of Health during this time of especially high COVID-19 caseloads so we won’t need to take more extreme measures that will negatively impact our local business community.”

COVID-19 vaccination rates

Additional health data for Greater Sudbury

Additional measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Greater Sudbury


This item was last modified on November 8, 2021