The Central Voice - 2020-03-25




LOCAL CANCELLATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS • Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) has postponed the Central Regional Meeting scheduled for March 27-28, in Gander, NL. • Steele Community Centre in Gander closed until further notice. • The Town of Lewisporte suspending all activities at the stadium and bowling alley until further notice. • Exploits Extreme Season 3 Showcase is canceled. • Corduroy Brook Nature Centre and Trail’s St. Patrick’s Day fun scheduled for Monday, March 16 is canceled. • The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor has suspended all town-organized programs and events. • Lesley Oak School of Dance will be closed from March 16-31. Dates for year-end recital are not changing for now. Further updates to come. • Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop Falls Community Food Bank is closed until further notice as of 3:30 p.m. on March 16. • Tommy Ricketts Arena in Baie Verte is closed for the remainder of the season. • Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society is restricting access to the centre to board members and employees only. If you wish to contact the centre, phone at 489-6903 or email • The Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex is closed until further notice. The town will decide in a week or so whether to take up the ice. • All programs at Gander Public & Resources Library are suspended. • All swimming lessons, group fitness, indoor playground and youth programs at Exploits Valley YMCA are canceled until further notice. • All programs and events at the Youth 2000 Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor canceled until further notice. • Qalipu First Nation community rooms in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook are closed. • Exploits Nordic Ski Club’s chalet is closed for the season. • Anchor Family Resource Centre in Botwood is suspending programs at the Anchor Family Centre and The Early Learning Centre effective March 17. • Family Moments Family Resource Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor is suspending programs. • Classic Theatre in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed indefinitely effective Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. • Exploits Valley Mall hours are changed. Monday - Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. • Pat O’Reilly Memorial Stadium closed for the remainder of the season. • The Bishop’s Falls Public Works Depot is closed to the general public. The only exceptions are vendors and contractors. • Bishop’s Falls Town Hall will continue to accept visitors by scheduled appointments only. To schedule an appointment call 2586581 or email • Bishop’s Falls monthly council meetings are closed to the public until further notice. Standing Committee meetings are suspended until September 2020. • All Town of Bishop’s Falls events, including the Civic Awards scheduled for April 22, are postponed until further notice. • Botwood Lions Club’s regular activities, including dart leagues, Bingo, and club meetings, are on hold until further notice. • Exploits Valley SPCA is limiting public visitation to adoptions and emergencies. If you’re interested in adoption, please apply over the phone (489-3604) and wait for approval before coming to the shelter. If you have traveled outside the province within the last 14 days, or have flu-like symptoms, please refrain from visiting. • Corduroy Brook Nature Centre and Trail’s Spring Night Market scheduled for March 27 is canceled. • Glenys’s Convenience in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed for at least two weeks. • Exploits Valley Children’s Wish/ Make a Wish Foundation Wish Pool’s 50-50 playoff Wish Pool is canceled. • The Gander and Area Food Bank is closed until further notice. • Qalipu First Nation local office locations closed. Services will continue to be delivered by staff from their home office locations. • St. Joseph’s Parish in Gander has canceled all regularly scheduled weekday and weekend masses, and all Parish social, catechetical and administrative gatherings and meetings until further notice. PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES • Canopy Growth has temporarily closed all corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada effective 5 p.m. local time March 17. • College of the North Atlantic (CNA) classes are suspended for students. This includes on-campus and online delivery. Campuses/offices will remain open to CNA faculty and staff only, who will work to finalize plans for alternate program delivery methods, including online where possible. An update on the status of academic program continuation will be provided by the afternoon of Friday, March 20. The college continues to ask the public to not visit any campuses or offices, and if they have questions or concerns, they should make contact either by telephone, email or through the CNA website. CNA daycare centres are closed. Residences will remain open for students who require accommodations and are not able to return home (for example, international students). • 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. • WestJet is temporarily suspending international and United States flights for 30 days beginning Sunday, March 22. • 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. • All Eastern Health Breastfeeding Support Groups are cancelled until further notice. • Classes for all NLESD K-12 students in the province are suspended. Students will be permitted in schools on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 to collect their belongings. All students will not attend at once. Families will be contacted directly with details of plans to allow students in schools to get their belongings. • Schools of the Conseil Scolaire Francophone Provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP) will be closed for all students but will remain open for teachers. However, in order to allow students to gather any materials needed to continue their learning at home, the school bus service will be in operation on Wednesday morning (March 18) only. Children will board their school buses at the same time as usual and will leave school approximately one hour after their arrival. Therefore, for schools located in Newfoundland, school buses will leave school at 10:00 a.m., and for schools located in Labrador, buses will leave at 9:30 a.m. It is important to note that all teachers, support staff, and CSFP employees are expected to be at work and to respect their regular work schedule until further notice. • All registered daycares and early childhood educations centres in the province are closed. Regulated family child care is exempt due to the small number of children in attendance. • Qalipu First Nation offices in St. George’s, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Glenwood, and Grand FallsWindsor 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. • 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. • The Kiwanis Music Festivals in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Carbonear and the Rotary festivals in Corner Brook and Clarenville are cancelled. • 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 3. 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