Northern Pen - 2020-03-25


Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19-related cancellations and postponements


ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT East Coast Music Awards cancelled. Parks Canada is implementing a temporary closure of all its visitor facilities across the country effective Wednesday, March 18, at midnight. These closures will be in place until further notice. NL Drama Society festival scheduled for this Easter is cancelled. The society is working hard to determine its next steps and hope to have a plan in the coming days. The BMO Winterset Award public event at The Rooms and the award ceremony at Government House are cancelled. ArtsNL will issue a press release on March 26 announcing the winner. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador swimming pools and sport/recreation training facilities, including the NL Sport Centre, are closed. Provincial Historic Sites are closed. T’Railway maintenance is suspended. Provincial Visitor Information Centres are closed. All Cineplex and The Rec Rooom locations are closed until April 2. All Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries are closed. Library services are still available through Digital Library and by downloading the Libby, Pressreader, and Flipster apps for mobile devices. NLPL has a large selection of e-books, audio books, newspapers, and magazines that can be checked out over the internet. Anyone with books that need to be renewed can do so by visiting Fines will be waived. YMCA health, fitness and aquatics locations in Marystown and St. John’s and all child care locations are closed until further notice as of 6 p.m., March 16. All payments will be put on hold with more information to follow. Employment, enterprise and newcomer programs will continue by distance. All theatre events at all six arts and culture centres across Newfoundland and Labrador are cancelled. Theatre events will be cancelled in Labrador City, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and St. John’s theatres until further notice. Rehearsals and small capacity events with less than 25 people involved will be permitted. All Hockey NL events, including minor, junior and senior hockey are suspended until further notice. The Newfoundland and Labrador Rugby Union has suspended all team training, games, and other activities. Updates will be provided weekly. Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has suspended all professional development and training involving interaction between employees at different schools and/ or other district locations until further notice. The use of all NLESD school facilities by outside groups is suspended until further notice. All Girl Guides of Canada activities are cancelled until the week of Tuesday, April 14. The Community Shave for the Brave events at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s and Gander Mall in Gander on March 14 have been postponed. Scouts Canada is mandating a freeze on all Scouting activities, meetings and events, and is temporarily closing all offices and other properties. The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announces the cancellation of 2020 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference. The event was slated to take place in St. John’s from April 29-May 03. PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES - HEALTH/GOVERNMENT SERVICES Service NL has discontinued regular counter service at the Motor Registration Division in Mount Pearl and all government service centres throughout the province. Residents are asked to avail of Motor Registration Division services such as address changes, drivers’ licence renewals, vehicle renewals and Notice of Sale online at Service NL will offer in-person services by appointment only and only for services not available online. Clients are asked to call 1-833-796-0610 or email For any Motor Registration Division services not currently available to residents online, clients can also submit their application and supporting documents by email to All individuals availing of email transactions are asked to provide a phone number in order to process payments and confirm information on their application. Written driver examinations are available by appointment. All practical driver examinations (road tests) are suspended until further notice. However, consideration will be given for any urgent requirements for commercial classes of licences. Anyone who has a requirement for a commercial class of licence or written testing can call 1-833796-0610 or email mrd_info@ to book an appointment. All other general inquiries regarding Motor Registration Division services should be directed to 1-877-636-6867. As a result of these restrictions, there may be delays in receiving documents through regular mail service. The provincial government has consulted with law enforcement agencies to advise of these changes and the anticipated delay in receiving documents by mail. 5 Wing Goose Bay is limiting access to the operational area of the Wing to only personnel required for essential services. Access to the Goose Bay Airport is not affected by this change. The 5 Wing dining hall will be closed to the public, with meals provided to live-in members for take-out only, and the 5 Wing gymnasium, Canuck Club, and Arcturus theatre will be closed to all until further notice. The CANEX will remain open with some adjustments to operations. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation programs and services are transitioning from normal operations to a focus on maintaining critical services. By order of the NL Dental Board, effective March 17, all dental offices in the province are closed for regular dental treatment for two weeks. If you have a dental appointment scheduled within that time period, we will call you to reschedule. All visitations to all correctional facilities throughout the province are suspended indefinitely. The Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has suspended all trials and appearances except where the accused is currently in custody in which case, trials, bail hearings and urgent matters will be heard. A further update regarding future Provincial Court processes will be posted by close of business Tuesday, March 17. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) asks that the public only visit detachments and headquarters for urgent matters when unable to contact by phone. Persons required to report to a detachment by court order should contact their local detachment for instructions. All group fitness activities, non-essential meetings and any group gatherings at detachments or headquarters are cancelled. Central, Eastern, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Health have visitor restrictions in place at all facilities and have either reduced or postponed any elective or non-emergent services, incuding surgeries. Community-based services will continue for priority services based on client need. All Eastern Health Breastfeeding Support Groups are cancelled until further notice. Mandatory humane harvesting training sessions scheduled for March for the commercial seal fishery are postponed. Any questions on this training can be directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada by emailing: Qalipu First Nation offices in St. George’s, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Glenwood, and Grand Falls-Windsor are closed to walk-in traffic or appointments. Members can contact staff and council by phone or email. The council meeting scheduled for March 21 in Corner Brook will proceed as planned, however, it will not be open for the attendance of membership. Legal Aid NL is only accepting applications for urgent criminal, family or child protection matters until further notice. PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES EDUCATION All upcoming Gardiner Centre courses and programs have been postponed. If you are impacted by the postponement of training, Gardiner Centre will contact you directly. Gardiner Centre office space will be closed as of March 18. The Gardiner Centre team will be working from home and are available during regular business hours. The Visible Learning Conference by Corwin, scheduled for April 28-29, is cancelled. Clinical activity in all College of the North Atlantic (CNA) Health Sciences programs – including Practical Nursing and Personal Care Attendant – is suspended until further notice. Memorial University: Activities for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) in all research laboratories, as well as all fieldwork for faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) will be suspended from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, onward. Researchers currently in the field should return immediately. Memorial University: Students are advised there will be no final exams taking place on campus in April. This includes both on-campus and online invigilated exams. Instructors have been presented with a number of options as alternatives to an on-campus final exam in April, which could include an alternative method for conducting the final exam or the postponement of the on-campus final exam to a later date. Each of these options will give students the choice between accepting a PAS/FAL grade or obtaining a numerical grade. Instructors are expected to communicate the option they have selected for the courses they teach as soon as possible. This does not apply to exams for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Centre for Nursing Studies or the Western Regional School of Nursing. Those students will be updated directly by the faculty. Memorial University’s Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit is moving to remote operations. Activities at Technical Services are suspended until further notice.


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