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KITIMAT

Bottle returns

Big Jim’s Liquor Store and Wee Geordie’s liquor outlets in Kitimat will temporarily stop accepting returns of empty beverage containers in order to keep their staff and customers safe.

Business Excellence Awards

The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce has announced it is postponing the Business Excellence Awards scheduled for March 28.

Haisla Education Office

The Haisla Education & Employment office will be closed to the public as of March 18. Staff will continue to work and can still be reached via telephone or email.

Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club

The Creek Restaurant at Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club restrict seating to 50 people at any one time. The last two weeks of the curling season is going ahead. We are not currently accepting cash – only debit, credit, gift cards, and mobile payments will be accepted.

Kitimat Concert Association

The last two shows of the Kitimat Concert Association season have been cancelled, including the Lightwire show on March 28.

Kitimat dentists

All non-essential procedures have been cancelled, including cleaning procedures.

Kitamaat Open Basketball Tournament

The District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation jointly decided to postpone the Kitamaat Open Basketball Tournament which was scheduled for April 3 to 5.

Kitimat Museum & Archives

In consideration of the health, safety and well-being of our staff, visitors and fellow community members, the Kitimat Museum & Archives will be closed to the public until further notice starting March 18. Museum staff will continue to be available via e-mail to answer any questions that you may have.

Kitimat Public Library

Until further notice, all programming, special events and meeting room rentals are cancelled/discontinued. We are sorry for the inconvenience but health is our number one priority.

Lakelse campsite

Not related to COVID-19, but nevertheless important to note – the Lakelse campsite and grounds will be closed to the general public until May 8. Construction is underway on upgrades to the facility. The closure includes all trails, beach areas and pathways within the park.

Mason’s dinner

In light of the various public health advisories to avoid crowds, public gatherings, public places, the Kitimat Masons have decided to cancel the dinner planned for March 27.

Hopefully, we can proceed with one planned for April 24, proceeds of which will go to the Hospital Foundation.

Minor hockey

Kitimat Minor Hockey Association will be cancelling all the remainder practices for the season as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19.

We feel that social distancing is an important preventative measure at this point and to continue the hockey practices would not be in the best interests of our players. On behalf of the Kitimat Minor Hockey Executive thank you for a great season.

Mr. Mikes

Mr. Mikes Kitimat has decreased seating capacity to align with recommended social distancing guidelines. We want to provide everyone with the safest environment possible, while still being a trusted option for you and your family.

Multicultural Festival/Craft Fair

On advice from healthcare professionals, the District of Kitimat has decided to postpone the Multicultural Festival scheduled for March 21 and the Annual Spring Craft Fair scheduled for April 4.

The District will continue to closely monitor the situation, engage in proactive prevention measures, as well as liaise with other agencies, organizations and communities.

Pool facilities

The hot tub and sauna facilities operated by the District of Kitimat’s Leisure Services are closed until further notice.

This applies to the hot tub and sauna at the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre and both saunas at the River1odge Recreation Centre.

It has been recommended that to maximize social distancing (1 to 2 metres), and to lessen the transmission of COVID-19, small hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms are to be closed. The District is adhering to this recommendation.

Snowflake Seniors’ Centre

All scheduled programs and activities at the Snowflake Seniors Center are cancelled until further notice. The centre will remain open from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will continue to insist that everyone at the centre is aware of and compliant with approved public health strategies;

Stepping Stones

In response to the numerous COVID-19 pandemic advisories, the Kitimat CDC has made the difficult decision to close our Stepping Stones Daycare and Kildala Out of School Care programs effective March 17. We anticipate re-opening March 30.

Tim Hortons

All Tim Hortons restaurants will focus on take-out and drive-thru and will close all dining room seating in most locations until further notice.

REGIONAL

Music festival

Pacific Northwest Music Festival organizers decided on March 17 to cancel the two-week Terrace event for the 2020 season. Program coordinator Ken Juniper said the board carefully considered postponing the competition until the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, but decided Tuesday evening (March 16) to call it off entirely.

Terrace

The City of Terrace has officially announced that all of their offices and facilities will be closed to the public, including city hall, the fire department’s administration office, the Sportsplex, the Terrace & District Aquatic Centre and the Public Works and Development Services facility. Emergency services, including fire, police and EMT are not affected by this closure.

Tillicum Twin Theatres

We want to ensure the health and safety of our customers and community are paramount. We have determined that it is in the best interest of customers and staff to close until March 31 at which time we will reassess the potential to open again.

PROVINCIAL/NATIONAL

Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.

“We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game.

“Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

Junior All Native Tournament

The organizers called off the Junior All Native Basketball tournament which was due to take place from March 15 to 20.

Rugby

The BC Rugby association has cancelled any inter-club games this weekend and is advising against any inter-provincial or out-of-country travel.

“While the COVID-19 risk remains low within Canada and British Columbia, all inter-club activity is suspended for this upcoming weekend,” BC Rugby noted in a statement on its website.

Vancouver auto show

The Vancouver International Auto Show, which had been scheduled to take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from March 25-29, has been postponed.

In a statement, organizers said the decision was in the best interest of the exhibitors, attendees, participants and staff. A future date has not been announced.

Women’s curling

The 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship, scheduled to run March 16 to 24 in Prince George, be postponed indefinitely.

If you have details about events you are participating in or hosting that may or may not be affected by concerns over coronavirus, let us know and we will get it out there for you.

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