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Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19-related cancellations and postponements

A view of St. John's from Signal Hill.
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 around the capital city and the province. - SaltWire Network file photo

Organizations taking steps to limit potential spread of novel Coronavirus

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.

The Telegram will continue to update this list.

If you have a cancellation or postponement, please email [email protected]

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 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 nlpl.ca. 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.
  • The Kiwanis Music Festivals in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Carbonear and the Rotary festivals in Corner Brook, Stephenville 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 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 MyGovNL.ca. 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 [email protected] For any Motor Registration Division services not currently available to residents online, clients can also submit their application and supporting documents by email to [email protected] 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 1-833-796-0610 or email [email protected] 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: [email protected]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police is temporarily suspending nonurgent 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.
  • 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 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 [email protected]
  • 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 protected] while all Private Training Institution inquiries can be directed to Regan Power at [email protected]
  • 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. 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.

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.
  • Make-A-Wish Canada is closing its Newfoundland and Labrador office for a two-week period up to and including Friday, March 27. All Make-A-Wish Canada staff will continue to work remotely and will be able to respond via email. Donate online at childrenswish.ca/donate. Gifts made via mail will still be accepted and appreciated, but receiving tax receipts may be delayed.

Avalon Peninsula

St. John's

  • Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards Gala, planned for April 2, is being rescheduled.
  • The Rooms is closed until further notice.
  • Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador has cancelled all public events for the remainder of March, including hearing screenings scheduled on Tuesdays and the Meniere’s & Tinnitus Resource Group guest speaker scheduled for March 19 and speechreading Level 1 class scheduled to begin March 25. 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.
  • Memorial University is suspending all classes and labs (both face-to-face and those currently offered online) at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18. Instruction is scheduled to resume remotely on Monday, March 23. During this time, the university will remain open which means employees will report to work, research activity, work-terms and clinical placements will continue. Academic and student support units such as the libraries will remain open.
  • The Newfoundland Growlers and St. John’s Edge have suspended their seasons.
  • Mile One Centre is closed until further notice.
  • 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 Works is closed until further notice, including the Aquarena, Field House, and all other Works facilities.
  • Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall) is suspending all performances until further notice.
  • Holy Heart High School’s Performing Arts production of Peter Pan originally scheduled for March 27-28 will be postponed until May 29 and 30, with the school matinee on May 29. All purchased tickets will be transferred to the new dates, but anyone wishing to receive a refund can do so by calling Holy Heart Theatre Box Office at 579-4424.
  • SPARKS Literary Festival originally scheduled for March 29 is cancelled.
  • Memorial University School of Music is cancelling all Music at Memorial concerts and events until further notice. This includes the Friday, March 13 concert, "Portraits of Ravel" with Vernon Regehr and Duo Concertante. Refunds will be available through point of purchase.
  • The St. John's International Women's Film Festival's Scene and Heard​ series is cancelled.
  • The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia performance scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been postponed. Please keep your ticket as it will be honoured at a later date (to be announced.) If you wish to obtain a refund at this time, please contact the Arts & Culture Centre box office. 
  • All St. John's city-operated recreation facilities are closed until further notice. 
  • Public meetings at St. John's City Hall and other city facilities are cancelled. City Council will continue to meet, but meetings will closed to the general public until further notice. Council meetings are broadcast live at stjohns.ca. City Hall is not closed but residents are asked to avoid visiting and to conduct business online or over the phone where possible.
  • St. John's recycling collection is suspended for two weeks beginning March 17.
  • There is limited access to St. John's Humane Services. Please call ahead to arrange a time to pick up adopted or lost pets.
  • St. John's city archives building (15 Terra Nova Rd.) is closed until further notice.
  • The Welcome Centre at 348 Water St. is closed. Tourists may call 576-8106; Toll Free: 1-844-570-2009 or email [email protected], and individuals looking for business assistance may call 576-8107 or email [email protected]
  • The Railway Coastal Museum and the Pippy Park Winter Activity Centre are closed; however, trails in Pippy Park will continue to be groomed.
  • The Photographic Historical Society of NL presentation originally scheduled for March 19 at the Quidi Vidi Boathouse is postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date yet to be announced.
  • The Afternoon Tea by St. John's Choir scheduled for Sunday, March 15 has now been cancelled.
  • 709 Roller Derby recruitment night originally scheduled for Friday, March 13 is cancelled.
  • 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 public lecture titled "The Consequences of Nuclear War" with Dr. Mark Moldwin scheduled for Friday, March 20 at Memorial University has been cancelled.
  • The spring book sale fundraiser for St. John's public libraries at A.C. Hunter Library is postponed.
  • PIE Day Carnival at Gower Street United Church, originally scheduled for March 14, is postponed until June 14.
  • Erin's Pub will be closed for St. Patrick's Day.
  • 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.

Mount Pearl

  • All Mount Pearl recreation facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Summit Centre, Reid Community Centre, Glacier Arena, Admiralty House, Gloria Pearson Community Centre, Mount Pearl Legion, Park Place Community Centre, Pearlgate Track & Field, Soccer Hut, Softball Hut, Tennis Complex and Campia Gymnastics.
  • All Mount Pearl city-hosted events for the month of March are cancelled.
  • Mount Pearl council meetings will be closed to the public until further notice, but Mount Pearl City Hall and H. Neil Windsor Municipal Building (Depot) will remain open during regular business hours.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th, the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group is cancelling all programs and activities (including 60+ fitness programs) until further notice.

Torbay

  • Jack Byrne Arena is closing for the season as of 11 p.m. on Monday, March 16. All general, parent and tot and adult skating sessions are cancelled.
  • All Town of Torbay facilities are closed to the public, including the Town Hall. Closures and cancellations include: all recreational programs, events, and rentals are cancelled until further notice; the Town will maintain essential services of water testing, snow/ice control, municipal enforcement, and garbage and recycling collection (as per the regular garbage schedule); and council meetings will be closed to the public but will be available via live stream on the civicweb portal. The Town of Torbay will be extending the payment deadline for all 2020 annual invoices by two weeks. Payment for all 2020 annual invoices will now be due on April 14.

Paradise

  • All Paradise recreation facilities are closed to the public, and all recreational programming and events are cancelled. 
  • All Town of Paradise facilities, including the Town Hall, are closed to the public, and operations will focus on providing core services to residents. Recycling collection is suspended.
  • The public council meeting originally scheduled for March 17 is cancelled.

Conception Bay South

  • All town of Conception Bay South facilities are closed to the public until further notice. The town is focusing on the provision of essential services only, such as garbage collection and maintenance of town infrastructure. Recycling collection is discontinued for now. Humane Services will remain operational as necessary, but only to meet the needs of any animals in the shelter. Recreation programming is cancelled. Rentals at town facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes Worsley Park, Parsons Rotary Club House, the Topsail Soccer Hut, the Recreation Complex, CBS Arena and the Robert French Memorial Stadium. The town council meeting originally scheduled for March 17 is cancelled. The public can still call the town's after-hours line (834-6529) to report serious concerns or major problems. The town's main line is not operational at this time.

Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s

  • All recreation facilities, including the recreation centre, library and park huts have been closed. The Town Hall will remain open during normal hours of operation. All facility rentals, and recreation programming and events, are cancelled until further notice. The council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 will be closed to the public, with an update to come on how to view the meeting online and submit questions.

Eastern

  • Tourism Elliston has cancelled the upcoming 2020 Bird Island Puffin Festival.
  • Dr. Bernard Roberts’ clinic in Marystown is closed for two weeks effective March 17, planning on a return to work on April 1. To reschedule an appointment, call at that time. If prescriptions are required, arrangements have been made with the pharmacies to accommodate patients whenever it is possible.
  • 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.
  • JJ'S Billiards and Lounge in Salt Pond, Burin is closed.
  • The Kiwanis Music Festivals in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Carbonear and the Rotary festivals in Corner Brook and Clarenville are cancelled.
  • First Choice Vision Centre in Marystown is closed to the public until April 1, but people can still call with any questions.
  • Eastlink Events Centre’s (EEC) rink and walking track is closed until further notice.
  • The NHL Alumni Game at the EEC is cancelled. New date to be announced for later this year. All ticket sales will be honoured when a new date is announced.
  • Legendary Ladies Show at the EEC is postponed. Customers advised to hold on to tickets until a new date is chosen, possibly in October.
  • Menopause the Musical at the EEC is cancelled. Will be rescheduled for later in 2020 or in 2021. Refunds available at the EEC Box Office until April 3. Tickets purchases online via credit card will automatically receive a refund on your card. For more information, contact the EEC Box Office at 466-4105 ext. 225.
  • The U-Turn’s All Addiction meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at the Bill Davis Chalet is cancelled.
  • Adult and general skating at the Cabot Stadium in Bonavista is cancelled for the rest of the season.
  • Bonavista Volunteer Fire Department’s rib dinner fundraiser is cancelled. Anyone who purchased tickets will be contacted, and money will be refunded.
  • As of 6 p.m. Monday, March 16 the Marystown town office will be closed to the public. Staff will continue to process payments, respond to questions, etc. via telephone or email. Council meetings will be closed to the public - they will continue to stream live via Facebook.
  • The Marystown Fire Hall is closed to the public - firefighters will continue to operate as normal.
  • Town of Marystown recreational facilities (arena and Summer Games Building) are closed to the public.
  • 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 Random West Volunteer Fire Department cold plate takeout scheduled for March 28 is postponed until it is safe to continue, at which point a joint fundraiser cold plate takeout will be organized for the fire department and Lions Club.
  • Clarenville Salvation Army Thrift Store is closed until further notice.
  • Town of Come By Chance’s recreation and 50+ gatherings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Clarenville area Crest Bus Service cancelled until further notice.
  • Kaetlyn Osmond Arena in Marystown is closed. Ice Crystal Skating Club is finished for the season. The annual Ice Show which was scheduled for April 4 is cancelled.
  • All Town of Harbour Grace-operated facilities, with the exception of the council office, are closed until further notice.
  • All programs at the Vista Family Resource Centre on the Bonavista Peninsula are suspended until further notice.
  • Arnold’s Cove Community Centre, community gym, recreation building and outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.
  • The Burin Peninsula Supported Employment Appreciation luncheon (BMTB, Bridges, 3L) scheduled for March 28 will be cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • All activities of the Placentia West 50 Plus Club have been cancelled for upcoming weeks.
  • All peer support groups, program workshops and community engagement sessions and in-person One-on-Ones at the CHANNAL Marystown office are suspended until further notice. Please reach out and connect with the Warm Line between 10 a.m. and midnight (1-855-753-2560). James Bonnell, regional peer supporter in Marystown, will be available by phone (279-0409) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday if you would like to connect with him personally.
  • The Smallwood Crescent Community Centre and Black Duck Cove Neighbourhood Centre has cancelled all social and community based programs for an indefinite period of time, effective March 17. Staff will still be working at the Community Centre, however both Centres will be closed to the public. They will be providing their best efforts to assist people through telephone calls, emails, and social media interaction. If you are currently enrolled in one of its employment programs, such as Transitions to Work or Linkages, please contact your Employment Counsellor or Youth Outreach Coordinator for any assistance you may need.
  • All public access to the Clarenville Town Hall will be limited to appointment only. If you require services from the Town Hall, please call 709-466-7937 for more information or to schedule an appointment. All tax and fee payments can be arranged by calling 709-466-7937. The town recommends payments be processed through credit cards over the phone, telephone banking, online banking, preauthorized payments or by appointment. All council meetings will be closed to the public, but can be viewed online via the town's website and social media sites.
  • Burin Cinema is closed indefinitely.
  • The Town of Grand Bank has closed its offices and buildings to the public. Municipal services and operations will still continue and citizens can use the online services provided by the town or call the office (709-832-1600). Town officials are also reachable through their email address or at [email protected].
  • The Burin Peninsula Regional Service Board office will be closed, but its waste management site's hours of operation will not be affected. Payments and inquiries can be made by phone at (709) 891-1717 or by mailing to P.O. Box 510, Burin Bay Arm, NL A0E 1G0. Until further notice, there will be no assistance with off-loading and the spotter will only direct visitors to the proper bins. Bulk collection will be delayed by one month and will be tentatively scheduled to begin in May. Before placing items at the curbside, residents should check the website for updates. Service Enhancement Program (dumpsters) will be re-assessed in April and may have to be suspended or changed. The Compost Program in Grand Bank is suspended until further notice.

Central

  • Reitmans in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed to the public until March 28.
  • River Gold Community Group: At close on March 18, and before opening of business March 19, all Toonies from our partner locations will be collected. The Toonies will then be placed in a secure location until this serious health pandemic has passed. At that time, as our first order of business, we will conduct the draw from this week’s Toonies. However, because we committed to a guaranteed winner this week, we will carry that commitment through when we are able to resume. This week’s jackpot will still be a must go jackpot. Essentially what this amounts to is an unknown delay in this week’s draw. Things will resume as per normal at a time in the future when it is safe and prudent to do so.
  • Sienna's Spa and Salon is closed until further notice as of 5 p.m. March 19.
  • Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) is postponing the Central Regional Meeting scheduled for March 27 & 28, 2020, in Gander, NL.
  • Steele Community Centre in Gander is closed until further notice.
  • The Town of Lewisporte is suspending all activities at the stadium and bowling alley until further notice.
  • Exploits Extreme Season 3 Showcase is cancelled.
  • Corduroy Brook Nature Centre and Trail’s St. Patrick's Day fun scheduled for Monday, March 16 is cancelled. The Corduroy Brook Nature Centre is closed until further notice. The trails will still be open, however, we ask that you follow all guidelines provided by health authorities when it comes to doing any activities right now. Any questions or concerns regarding this, bookings, or anything else, please send an email to [email protected]
  • 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, please do so by phone at 489-6903 or email [email protected]
  • 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. It will keep staff on for maintenance in the coming weeks.
  • The Deer Lake town office and public works buildings will only be open to the public by appointment and will be closed to members of the public who have travelled outside of the province within the last 14 days.
  • All programs at Gander Public & Resources Library are suspended.
  • All swimming lessons, group fitness, indoor playground and youth programs at Exploits Valley YMCA are cancelled until further notice.
  • All programs and events at the Youth 2000 Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor are cancelled 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.
  • Raleigh Day Poker Run scheduled for Saturday, March 21 is cancelled with the hopes of rescheduling if conditions improve and there’s still snow on the ground.
  • Anchor Family Resource Centre in Botwood is suspending programs offered 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 is closed for the remainder of the season.
  • The Bishop’s Falls Public Works Depot is closed to in-person visitations from the general public. The only exceptions are vendors and contractors.
  • Bishop’s Falls Town Hall will continue to accept in-person visitations by scheduled appointments only. To schedule an appointment, please call 258-6581 or email [email protected]
  • Bishop’s Falls council will continue to hold its monthly public meetings; however, Standing Committee meetings are suspended until September 2020. Public meetings are closed to the general public until further notice.
  • All Town of Bishop’s Falls events, including the Civic Awards scheduled for April 22, are postponed until further notice.
  • Twin Town Sports Complex in Port au Choix is closed for the season.
  • 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 travelled 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 which was scheduled for March 27 is cancelled.
  • Exploits TrailNet Inc.’s poker run scheduled for March 21 is postponed.
  • 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 cancelled.
  • The Gander and Area Food Bank will be closed, effective immediately, until further notice.
  • Qalipu First Nation wishes to advise that, effective 4 p.m. on March 17, all Qalipu office locations will be closed. Services will continue to be delivered by staff from their home office locations.
  • Town of New-Wes-Valley town hall is closed to the public until further notice. We encourage residents to use online banking, mail services or phone 536-2010.
  • The Tree House Family Outreach Centre in Deer Lake has cancelled all programming until further notice. There will be no interruption in the delivery of the Healthy Baby Club supplement program. And questions or concerns, contact the centre at 866-635-5808.
  • ActiveLife Physiotherapy and Wellness has suspended physiotherapy, massage therapy and counselling services until April 6.
  • Town of Gander: Public access to the Town Hall, Steele Community Centre, Municipal Works Depot and the Fire Hall is suspended effective Wednesday, March 18. All Town-hosted events are cancelled, and public council meetings will be closed to the public until further notice. Public council meetings will be broadcasted live on RogersTV and the Town will be live tweeting as usual. The Town has measures in place to maintain core services including water and sewer operations, fire rescue, municipal enforcement and snow clearing and ice control and is working on business continuity plans for other services.
  • Effective immediately, the Town of Eastport's office will be closed to the public until further notice. Should anyone require assistance, telephone 677-2161 or email [email protected]
  • Central Pharmacy Ltd. in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed to all foot traffic. Customers can call or text for front shop items to 290-3133 or 290-3253. For prescriptions and prescription refills, call 709-489-5411.Pick-ups will be in the parking lot where a store representative will meet customers with handheld debit and credit card machines. No cash please. Prescription-only deliveries still available but will be revaluated after two weeks.
  • Pawfection Dog Grooming in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed temporarily.
  • Central Auto Glass in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed. The telephone line will still be answered in case of services needed.
  • Tai Sun Chinese Restaurant in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed until further notice.
  • Evangel Pentecostal Tabernacle in Grand Falls-Windsor is streaming services live on its Facebook Evangel Pentecostal Tablernacle page.
  • Windows Pentecostal Church in Grand Falls-Windsor is streaming services live at wpcnl.ca.
  • Pet Central Gander in Gander will drop off prepaid orders to customers, texting or calling that orders have been dropped off with no contact involved. Prepaid call-in orders can also be brought out to customers in their car. Essential products may be mailed. Order online at www.petcentralgander.com, call 256-3930 or message on Facebook for details.
  • All public gatherings at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Grand Falls-Windsor are cancelled, with reassessment March 31. Check their Facebook group for live services.
  • Jungle Jim's eatery in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed until further notice.
  • Exploits Nordic Ski Club trails in Grand Falls-Windsor is closed.
  • Windsor Pentecostal Church in Grand Falls-Windsor is streaming services on its website at wpcnl.ca

Northern Peninsula

  • St. Anthony Winterfest activities are cancelled, however the Winterfest Selfie Challenge and snow sculpture contest will continue.
  • All public events by the N.S.H.L fire department, St. Lunaire-Griquet, are cancelled until further notice.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #17, St. Anthony is closed for all events until further notice.
  • RagnaRöck Northern Brewing Company Ltd.’s taproom in St. Anthony is closed. RagnaRöck grunter and growler sales will continue. Order by telephone or Facebook messenger, and pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays at assigned times to limit congregating numbers.
  • NorPen Status of Women Council’s programs and events are suspended until further notice. This includes the Grand Opening, the Lunch and Learn, the walking program, friendship cafe, women’s fitness and craft corner. The council can still be reached by phone at 861-4842 or by email at: [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Town of Port Saunders has cancelled the event planned for Cain's Quest Team 02 Rough and Wild, scheduled for March 21at the Town Center.
  • All events scheduled at the Port Saunders Town Center/gym have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Cook's Harbour/Wild Bight Come Home Year committee’s Family Fun Day scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
  • Town of Main Brook’s town office is closed to the public until further notice. Residents can communicate by phone or email. However, if you need to meet in person for an important matter, call the office and make an appointment with the town clerk/manager.
  • The Town of Rocky Harbour has closed all municipal facilities in the town - community hall, fire hall and arena - to public gatherings. All facilities will remain closed until further notice. The town also asks that any communication with the town office be done by phone or email rather than in person.
  • The Town of Port Saunders town office is closed to the public until further notice. Town officials can be reached by phone 861-3105 or by email at [email protected]
  • The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador will be live streaming mass each Sunday at 10:30am on its Facebook page – Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

Western

  • Marble Mountain is closed for the remainder of the 2020 ski season.
  • Chiropractic Associates and Massage is closed effective March 19, tentatively reopening April 6. Emergency cases can contact the office through its Facebook page.
  • As of 5 p.m. March 18, CounterBalance Conditioning and Fitness will be closed to the general public.
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Corner Brook is closed. In case of emergency call 709-634-6153.
  • Westside Tabernacle in Corner Brook cancelled its church services as of March 15 and cancelled all ministries for that week. This will be reassessed at the end of the week. The church is looking at what would be required to do live online streaming services.
  • All rehabilitation services at Veitch Wellness Centre are suspended as of March 20 with a goal to re-open April 6, however, this could be extended. Physician offices and the pharmacy will remain in operation. The centre is working on providing virtual services. Clients can email [email protected] with questions.
  • Broadway Family Health is currently adapting its daily practice to adhere to pandemic recommendations. Every action is designed to keep people in their home as much as possible to slow spread of COVID-19. Health concerns that can be managed safely through virtual care will begin in the coming days. Clients will be notified by staff prior to appointments whether they will see a physician via phone/video or in person.
  • Corner Brook Molson Men's Broomball League final at the Corner Brook Civic Centre is indefinitely postponed.
  • Corner Brook Civic Centre closed to the public until further notice. All programming at the Centre, such as Active Tots and the senior fitness program is cancelled.
  • All church groups and services within the Anglican Diocese of Western Newfoundland are cancelled.  Clergy will work from home and remain in contact with their parishioners via telephone and social media. Funerals may be held, but only immediate family and close friends will be able to attend. The situation will be reassessed on April 2.
  • The Stephenville Dome is closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.
  • The 45th Rotary Music Festival in Stephenville, scheduled March 31-April 4, is cancelled.
  • Meetings are suspended for The Rotary Club of Stephenville.
  • The Bay St. George Gold Rush lottery is suspended for the next few weeks. The draw for March 16 will go ahead.
  • The Bruce II Sports Centre in Port Aux Basques is closed for all activities.
  • The West Coast High School Hockey League final between the Elwood High Lakers of Deer Lake and the Corner Brook Regional High Titans is on hold, with no firm decision yet to outright cancel or resume when and if it's possible.
  • Qalipu First Nation community rooms in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook are closed.
  • Stephenville Lions Club regular activities, including weekly Bingo and gatherings, are on hold until further notice.
  • Paws and Reflect cat yoga program in Stephenville is now hosting its yoga sessions through Facebook live on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
  • Town of Massey Drive’s Town Office is closed to all walk-in service. Anyone requiring service from the town office can call 634-2742 or email at [email protected]
  • Lark Harbour Hall is closed for rentals and events until further notice. This includes playgroups, parties, and meetings.
  • All programs at the Family Outreach Resource Centre in Corner Brook are cancelled until further notice.
  • Launch of the Callahan Group of Companies public piano, scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at the Stephenville hospital, is postponed. 
  • Western regional office of the Canadian Mental Health Association is temporarily suspending all public meetings, trainings, workshops and programs, but is still accessible via email at [email protected], and phone at 643-5553.
  • As of March 15, the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville has shut down all its leagues for the season and suspended rentals of their facility for the next 30 days, at least. In consultation with the Newfoundland and Labrador Curling Association, a provincial mixed tournament planned for the club from March 24-29 has been postponed until next season. Curlers can collect their personal items and pay any remaining fees during the next couple of days.
  • Qalipu First Nation wishes to advise that, effective 4 p.m. on March 17, all Qalipu office locations will be closed. Services will continue to be delivered by staff from their home office locations.
  • West Lane Recycling in Corner Brook is closed, effective March 17.
  • YMCA members and participants are advised that, effective immediately, the YMCA of Western NL is temporarily closing all facilities, including the Humber Community YMCA, the Bay St. George YMCA and all child-care and after-school locations.
  • Until further notice, access to the Town of Stephenville town hall will be by appointment only. Please call 643-8360 in order to make an appointment. 
  • City of Corner Brook employees will be sent home with the exception of core services staff. The following services will continue with minimal disruption: snow-clearing, water and sewer operations, garbage collection, transit services and fire protection services. The city’s Customer Service Line will continue to answer calls at 637-1500. Emergency calls and other concerns can be forwarded to 637-1666. Tax payments can be sent by mail, through telephone banking, online banking, or by preauthorized payments.
  • Visitor restrictions are in place at Corner Brook Long Term Care Home.
  • Blow Me Down Trails is closed. The locker room at the lodge will be closed to the public as of 8 p.m., Thursday, March 19. Please come up to get your belongings from your locker by then. If you can't make it by then, call the lodge at 639-2754 to make alternate arrangements.
  • Harbour Grounds is closed.
  • Mo's Corner Barber Shop in Corner Brook has closed for and hopes to reopen April. 2.
  • Pineridge Cabins and Campground in Pasadena has closed its lounge and restaurant.
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation office in Deer Lake is closed to the public. Staff will be available via email at [email protected] or by phone at 709-635-4395. The federation will still be grooming trails until the end of the grooming season. Trail passes can still be purchased online, but vendors will no longer have trail passes available for purchase.
  • The Assumption Parish Food Pantry in Stephenville Crossing will open, with precautions in place, on March 30 and every second Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Will keep open but the situation will be monitored.
  • The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador will be live streaming mass each Sunday at 10:30am on its Facebook page – Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

Labrador

  • Effective March 17, Nalcor is ramping down operations at the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador. Preparations are underway to put the site in care and maintenance mode. Construction work will be paused while essential systems and operations at the site are maintained. The initial plan is to put this precaution in place for the next month. 
  • Memorial University's Labrador Institute has cancelled all meetings and gatherings until further notice.
  • The Labrador Mall's hours of operation have changed. It will now be open: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mall will be accessible at regular hours in the morning. Tenants who wish to operate based on the centre's regular hours of operation may continue to do so, unless directed otherwise by governmental authorities.
  • Town of Red Bay: Effective March 17, all public gatherings/community events are cancelled until further notice.
  • Association for New Canadians-Labrador West’s multicultural week events are postponed until further notice.
  • The Nunatsiavut Government will close all of its offices to the general public, effective March 18. Exceptions will be made to ensure continued essential program and service delivery. Members of the Nunatsiavut Civil Service will have the option to work from home with the approval of immediate supervisors.
  • Cain's Quest office and shop is closed to the public until further notice. We can be reached by e-mail ([email protected]) or by phone (944-5011).
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health is imposing restrictions at the Mani Ashini Clinic until further notice. Walk-in services are temporarily suspended. Only scheduled appointments will be available at the clinic. Please call 497-8331 with questions or to book an appointment.
  • Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay: All publicly accessible programs and events at town-owned facilities are suspended until further notice. Town Hall is closed to the public. Residents requiring assistance are advised to call the Town Hall at 896-3321 or email at [email protected] Meetings of council will still take place, as needed, and will be available for live streaming, however, meetings will be closed to the public gallery. Delegations to council will be offered by telephone. Closed to the public facilities include: Town Hall, EJ Broomfield Memorial Arena, Municipal Depot, Kinsmen Park, Husky Park Skate Loop, Goose Bay Curling Club, Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre, Recycling Activities at CAF Arena on Northside (MOT).
  • Effective immediately, the Town of Red Bay's council office will be closed to public access until further notice.
  • The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador will be live streaming mass each Sunday at 10:30am on its Facebook page – Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.
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