Local students won’t be traveling to the Sudbury or Algoma areas for games or events.  

It’s because of the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in those districts. 

The Near North District School Board issued a letter to parents, saying the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDHU) has recommended teams not travel to or from those areas.  

School teams from Sudbury and Algoma won’t be able to take part in tournaments in North Bay or Parry Sound either.  

“It will be the decision of Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) and Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) whether to hold the events without teams from all areas, whether to move the event or to cancel it,” states the board letter. “At NNDSB, the restriction on travel in and out of areas with very high COVID-19 includes field trips.”

The same letter also says spectators will be allowed to Nipissing District Athletics (NDA) hockey games with COVID processes in place at arenas. 

These include QR codes, contact tracing, and confirmation of self-screening.

In a separate letter to families, the Health Unit details their decision not to implement optional COVID-19 testing strategies for students due to the low number of cases in the area. 

***With files from Richard Coffin