Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19related cancellations and postponements
Government advisories and lists of local closures, postponements related to COVID19 precautions Citing an abundance of caution in an effort to reduce the potential spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), some organizations are cancelling or postponing gatherings. PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT/ RECREATION • 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 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 nlpl.ca. Fines will be waived. • The Kiwanis Music Festivals in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Carbonear and the Rotary festivals in Corner Brook, Stephenville and Clarenville are cancelled. • 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. • 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 • 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. • 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: SealHumaneHarvestingNL@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. • Service NL: Practical driver examinations (on-road testing) are suspended. Commercial driver testing will be considered on a case-by-case basis if deemed urgent. Financial services examinations are suspended. • Royal Canadian Mounted Police is temporarily suspending non-urgent front counter services at RCMP headquarters and all detachments, effective immediately. Suspended services include criminal record and vulnerable sector checks and general inquiries. Call your local detachment if you have questions. Reports of crime and motor vehicle collisions should be done by phoning your detachment. For emergencies, call 911. Persons required to report to a detachment by court order should contact the detachment by phone for instructions. • 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. • 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 March 18, onward. Researchers currently in the field should return immediately. • Memorial University: Students are advised that 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. • Memorial University researchers should not submit any new protocols involving animals. Continuation of existing research studies involving animals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These requests should be submitted to Dr. Jennifer Keyte, university veterinarian and director of Animal Care Services, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. • Memorial University: MUNSU office is closed to the public until further notice. The Attic is also closed. • Advanced Education Skills and Labour: Issuance of transcripts, diplomas and instructor certificates are temporarily suspended. All Adult Basic Education inquiries can be directed to Heather Legge at email@example.com while all Private Training Institution inquiries can be directed to Regan Power at reganpower@ gov.nl.ca. • College of the North Atlantic (CNA) classes are suspended for students. This includes on-campus and on-line 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). • Classes for all Newfoundland and Labrador English School District K-12 students in the province are suspended. The NLESD has changed its plan for students and parents to retrieve personal and instructional materials from schools on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please be advised that no student or parent will be provided access to schools, effective immediately. The only exceptions will be for the retrieval of critical items, such as medical equipment or prescriptions currently housed at the school. Parents are advised to contact their school administration to arrange for the transfer of such items. The District will communicate a plan for retrieval of all non-essential items at some point in the future. • 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. 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. PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES - OTHER • The Salvation Army has cancelled social events, group activities and worship services. • WestJet is temporarily suspending international and United States flights for 30 days beginning Sunday, March 22. • Canopy Growth has temporarily closed all corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed retail locations across Canada effective 5 p.m. local time March 17. • Reitmans, Warehouse One and David’s Tea have all closed their stores. AVALON PENINSULA • Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador has cancelled all public events for the remainder of March. CHHA-NL will also be limiting interactions with the public until the end of March, so there will be no walk-in appointments available, and no borrowing or purchasing hearing assistive technology for the next two weeks. • The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association professional development day on April 3 has been postponed to Oct. 23, and the ROCK Awards Gala and section meetings have been postponed until Oct. 24. • The RCMP has postponed Klondike Night 2020, which was scheduled to take place March 27 at RCMP Headquarters in St. John’s. Once a new date has been established, it will be communicated publicly. All admission tickets that have been purchased will be valid for the new date. The draw for the grand prize will happen at Klondike Night on the new date. LOCAL • Town of Bay Roberts facilities are closed to the public. All recreation programs, events and rentals are cancelled until further notice. Council meetings are also closed to the public. • The Kiwanis Music Festivals in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Carbonear and the Rotary festivals in Corner Brook and Clarenville are cancelled. • All Town of Harbour Grace-operated facilities, with the exception of the council office, are closed until further notice. • Town of Carbonear facilities are closed to the public. All recreation programs All other town programming and activities have been cancelled until further notice.. Council meetings and the town office are also closed to the public. • Town of Spaniards Bay town office will continue to be open to accept account payments. Council committee activities including meetings and building rentals have been suspended until further notice. These committees include recreation, tourism, heritage, JMC and marina. Any group who may have an event booked at one of the above noted town facilities are encouraged to rebook once circumstances improve and the all clear has been given.