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KITIMAT

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Paddies

The St. Patrick’s Day luncheon which was due to be held on Tuesday, March 15, at the Snowflake Seniors’ Centre has been cancelled until further notice.

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.

Museum & Archives

Kitimat Museum & Archives has made the decision to cancel all programming or group tours/activities until further notice. Current registrants in the arts and crafts programs can contact the museum by phone in regards to refunds. The Museum will remain open, but encourages the use of online and telephone services, when possible.

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. Thank you.

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.

Kitamaat Open Basketball Tournament

The District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation have jointly decided to postpone the Kltamaat Open Basketball Tournament which was scheduled for April 3 to 5. The tournament does not allow for the recommended “social distancing” and may be rescheduled at a later date it circumstances permit.

Business Excellence Award

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

Kitimat Concert Association

The last two shows of the Kitimat Concert Association season have been cancelled – the Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne concert scheduled for tonight, as well as the Lightwire show on March 28.

Skating gala

Due to the recent BC Health authority requirements, we will be closing Saturday’s Snow Valley Skating Club’s skating gala to the public. Each skater will be allowed to bring two guests.

Families with two or more children in skating will be allowed three guests in total. Entry by donation at the door. We will be encouraging social distancing at the event, spacing out in the arena for seating.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

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.

Spaghetti dinner

Due to the coronavirus scare and discussion from some of our members, it has been decided to cancel the Anglican Church’s Spaghetti Dinner scheduled for tonight, March 11, at our church. Sorry for the late notice.

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.

REGIONAL

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

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.

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.”

BC Hockey League

Black Press Media has learned that the CJHL, which oversees all junior ‘A’ hockey leagues in Canada, is currently in talks with Hockey Canada, the two parties are expected to make an announcement soon regarding the remainder of the BCHL season.

There is a real possibility that the BCHL playoffs may be suspended, however it is different from pro sports leagues considering there is no air travel and games take place in front of significantly smaller crowds.

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.

Junior All Native Tournament

The organizers have called off the Junior All Native Basketball tournament which was due to take place soon.

Women’s curling

Health minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, announced early Thursday afternoon 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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