Algoma Public Health in a statement to SaultOnline.com admits they knew about the visit but couldn’t do anything to prevent it.
Our story last night identified a team from Manitoba, the North Star Preparatory Institute, who came to Sault Ste. Marie earlier this month to play basketball.
The statement from Dr. Marlene Spruyt, Medical Officer of Health at the Algoma Public Health can be seen in full at the bottom of the story. It says in part.
“APH did conduct a risk assessment and consultation with the local organizers in late November and the event did not contravene any provincial regulations at the time. Public health guidance was provided.”
A source close to the situation identified the Steel City Slam as being the team in which North Star played.
It was also apparently held at the old Tech Building which is now called the Sault Activities Centre on Wellington Street.
The full statement from Spuryt is found here.
“Algoma Public Health receives many calls and provides guidance in multiple areas with many organizations. Organizations and businesses are referred to the provincial regulations, ministry guidance documents and provided with public health advice to inform and modify their activities and services.
Algoma Public Health cannot prevent a premise or event from operating if they are in compliance with regulations and recommendations set by the province. It does not mean we support or endorse specific gatherings or events. Algoma Public Health conducts a risk assessment based on the activities involved.
APH did conduct a risk assessment and consultation with the local organizers in late November and the event did not contravene any provincial regulations at the time. Public health guidance was provided.
The provincewide shutdown that came into effect December 26, 2020 supersedes all previous provincial guidance. This means that this or similar events would not be permitted to occur at this point in time due to the strict regulations in place during the provincewide shutdown.”
Saultonline.com has reached out to all the local players in this ongoing investigation and will bring you more on this story as it becomes available.