Local sports, arts organizations among those taking a break amid COVID-19 concerns

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The provincial government’s announcement on March 12 that all public schools will remain closed after March Break until April 5, has seen a cascading result with numerous cancellations announced on Friday including the big ones – professional hockey, baseball, basketball all on hold to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

All EarlyON child and family centres in Wellington County and Guelph will close for the same period.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association announced March 12 that minor hockey is suspended for the time-being. The  Mount Forest Patriots and Minto 81’s are taking a breather. Similarly, Soccer Ontario announced that minor soccer will take a hiatus.

The Drayton Farm Show, scheduled for March 25 and 26 is cancelled.

Drayton Entertainment has dropped the curtain on its performances until at least May 3.

The Superior Court of Justice has stopped interviewing jurists for criminal and civil trials.

The East Wellington Family Health Team has cancelled group activities and classes.

Click here for a list of local cancellations related to COVID-19.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has offered the following list of risks to consider when deciding whether to postpone or cancel mass gatherings:

  • How many are attending: Ontario Public Health recommends cancelling events with more than 250 people.
  • Where are they coming from: Are guests or speakers coming from areas where COVID-19 is prevalent?
  • What’s your demographic: Are attendees of an older demographic, that makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19?
  • Event activities: Activities that can contribute to transmission include singing, cheering, close physical contact like sports, sharing food or beverages.
  • Crowding: There is likely less transmission for outdoor events than indoors. Also consider whether attendees can maintain the recommended two-meter distance.