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UPDATED -- COVID-19: What's cancelled and closed in Moose Jaw

An updated list of local closures or cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns
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The following is a running list of groups, businesses, and organizations that have been closed or cancelled upcoming events due to concerns about COVID-19. Moose Jaw Today.com staff will be updating this list as needed. 

If you would like your notice added to this list, contact us at news@moosejawtoday.com.

For information about the status of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, or for more information on symptoms and preventative measures, check saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.


Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency, limited public gatherings to 10 people and implementing restrictions on businesses and health facilities. For more details, read the article here.

On April 23, Premier Scott Moe announced the Saskatchewan government's plan to begin reopening the province's economy as early as May 4 for some sectors. The details of this announcement can be found in an article here.

Saskatchewan is now in the last part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Public gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and Public Health highly encourages all residents to continue practicing social distancing and hand hygiene. Details about Phase Four reopenings can be found in an article here.

Education:

All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will be returning to in-class education in September, provided that there is no surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. Guidelines for this return are now available.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cancelled and programming and classes on campus but online courses and alternative delivery options are available. All non-essential events are also cancelled. Campuses remain open but with limited services.

The University of Regina will be providing instruction from a distance until further notice.

Organizations:

SARCAN has reopened to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services for the general public have resumed, and the Drop n’ Go service in Moose Jaw is currently unavailable.

SGI has reopened office branches to the public as of June 8, and asks that customers adhere to safety regulations when visiting in person. Road tests have also resumed by appointment only, and drivers are asked to wait in their cars upon arrival for their examination. SGI is also available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 691-4570 or by email at sgiinquiries@sgi.sk.ca.

Riverside Mission has suspended its daily lunch program until further notice but is still providing supper service with increased safety protocols. The shelter is also not taking leftover food donations or clothing donations at this time, and men's emergency shelter capacity has been reduced from 10 beds to 4 beds only available to Saskatchewan residents at this time.

The Western Development Museum will reopen to members and volunteers beginning Aug. 5, and to the general public on Aug. 12. COVID-19 precautions will be in place, with revised hours and visitor limits. Virtual summer camps began on July 13.

The Wakamow Valley Authority office is closed to the public, with staff available to contact by phone at 1 (306) 692-2717 or email at wakamow.events@sasktel.net. Campsite booking is now available. 

The Moose Jaw Police Service is suspending some services such as criminal record checks, inspection tickets and civilian fingerprinting until further notice. The building on Fairford St. is now open to the public, with a limit of three individuals in the lobby at a time to maintain proper social distancing. MJPS asks individuals to still call the service ahead of visiting the lobby, at 1 (306) 694-7600.

City Hall is reopening to the public on July 20 with limited hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Monday through Friday. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, including screening of visitors and sign-in procedures. Free parking at downtown metres remains in effect.

The Festival of Words office is closed to the public but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 691-0557 or by email.

The Tourism Moose Jaw office is now open to the public everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All cadet activities with the #1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the #40 Snowbird Royal Canadian Air Cadets, and the #99  Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Assiniboine have been cancelled until August 31.

The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 has cancelled its Friday meat draws and Wednesday night dart league until further notice.

The Moose Jaw branch of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles is now open at half-capacity. Meat draws have resumed, while pool and darts will not be resuming yet.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 is now open, with veterans coffee on Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and the lounge open on Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meat draws will resume on Aug. 1 but darts, pool, and shuffleboard will not be resuming at this time. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

All places of worship in the city are allowed to resume, as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Capacity is limited to one-third of available seating, up to 150 people.

The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council office will be open for in-person meetings with settlement workers by appointment only. Phone and video appointments are still preferred, if possible. Staff and settlement workers are still available to contact through phone at 1 (306) 693-4677, by calling the Newcomer Centre at 1 (306) 692-6892, or through social media and email. 

The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association has reopened Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe. All activities have resumed with COVID-19 restrictions, with the exception of cards and the regular jam sessions.

The Cosmo Centre began some activities in a limited capacity. Shuffleboard has resumed on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and pickleball on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. The TOPS program has also returned every Wednesday at 8 a.m., beginning July 1. Members will be required to register in advance for all activities and bring their own masks to maintain safety protocols. Contact 1 (306) 692-6072 for more information or to register. 

The Moose Jaw Public Library will be reopening to in-person visits beginning Aug. 10. Appointments are not required, but a limited capacity will be enforced and masks are mandatory inside the building. Curbside pickup services are continuing by appointment, and library programming is still being offered virtually until further notice. To learn more, contact the branch at 1 (306) 692-2787, by email at ask@moosejawlibrary.ca, by messaging the Moose Jaw Public Library Facebook page, or through the live chat option on the website.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is reopening to the public on Aug. 10, with a limit of 20 visitors at any time, ten allowed in each gallery. The Discovery Centre and gift shop will remain closed. Hours will be adjusted, with the gallery open Mondays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be asked to undergo screening when entering the facility and are encouraged to book ahead of time by calling the gallery at 1 (306) 692-4471 or going online.

All grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home resumed beginning June 10. 

South Central ECIP has indefinitely suspended all home visits and has cancelled all Learn and Playu and Zumbini groups effective immediately.

Hunger in Moose Jaw is closed to the public but is available through phone, email, and social media messages. For more information about programming, call the Hunger in Moose Jaw office at 1 (306) 692-1916. Hunger in Moose Jaw staff is checking messages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild are cancelling meetings until further notice, and the General Meeting will be postponed until a later date. 

Bel Coro Community Choir has cancelled meetings until further notice.

Girl Guides meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Girl Guide cookies are available for purchase from Canadian Tire, both online and in-store for pick-up.

The Moose Jaw Humane Society is open to the public for adoptions, cremations, and volunteer activities. Visits to the shelter are being taken by appointment, by contacting the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517.

SCRAPS has reopened its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town 'n' Country Mall on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patrons can also order items from the boutique for delivery or in-store pick-up, and donate to the Trap, Neuter, and Release program directly by contacting SCRAPS.

The Moose Jaw Genealogical Society has cancelled their monthly meetings at the Moose Jaw Public Library until further notice.

Joe’s Place Youth Centre is switching from online programming to outdoor youth activities, including biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, and paintballing.

Moose Jaw Families for Change has cancelled all upcoming community events and has postponed regular programming. The MJFFC is sharing some virtual programming through its Facebook page. Questions can be directed to MJFFC at 1 (306) 693-2271.

Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum is currently not open for the season and will be cancelling all summer events for the time being.

Sports and Recreation

Gyms and fitness centres have reopened. 

Yara Centre has begun offering outdoor fitness classes and summer day camps, and the fitness centre and walking track will reopen to the public on Aug. 10. Turf rentals will be announced in early August.

The skateboard park, BMX bike park, and basketball courts operated by the City of Moose Jaw are available for use, provided social distance precautions are taken.

All playgrounds, spray parks, and beaches in the city have reopened to the public, provided that safety precautions and restrictions on group sizes laid out by public health are followed.

The Kinsmen Sportsplex is potentially reopening to the public on Aug. 13, provided clearance from the City of Moose Jaw. Swim lessons are expected to be unavailable until fall.

The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool will not be open this summer.

All city paddling pools will not be open this summer.

Golf courses, including the Lynbrook Golf Course and Hillcrest Golf Course in Moose Jaw, are now taking bookings both online and by phone. Tee-times are in full swing. Please call the golf clubs for any additional information.  

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey has closed its office to the public. You can reach the MJMHA via admin@mjhockey.com.  Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open until Sept. 1.

The Western Canadian Baseball League has cancelled it's 2020 season.

Cheer Infinity Athletics has returned to in-gym classes and workshops, and also continues to offer Virtual classes for the whole family. Classes are open to members and non-members in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@cheerinfinity.ca for more information on how to register.

Special Olympics Saskatchewan will be offering limited activities throughout the summer, in select communities. 

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins have cancelled all training until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Soccer Association will begin it's outdoor season on July 20, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Registration is now open with limited space, anyone who registered before the shutdown is still registered.

JJ Soccer began it's season on July 5, with the U5, U7 and U9 recreational programs now running until Aug. 26. Adult Co-Ed Soccer 4 Life is now running until Aug. 23. Developmental Training Centre programs for all ages are also now running until the ends of August. Additional dates have been added to the Dedicated Player program, including July 26, Aug, 2 and Aug. 9. Sunday night soccer remains postponed. For more information, visit jjsoccer.ca.

The Moose Jaw Tennis Club has reopened their outdoor courts, as per provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation.

Lawn Bowling  has resumed for the 2020 season. Play has been expanded to twenty players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434or email mjlawnbowling@gmail.com.

The 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games, set to be hosted in Lloydminster, have been postponed until July 2021.

The Soapbox Derby races scheduled for August 16 have been cancelled. The races will return in August of 2021.

The Canadian Football League announced that the 2020 Grey Cup will not be hosted in Regina this year and instead will take place in the city of whichever team qualifies for the Grey Cup game and has the best regular-season record, provided that the 2020 CFL season is allowed to take place at all. Currently, CFL organizers are looking at a September start, with the Grey Cup pushed back to December.

The Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its 2020 induction ceremony and banquet in the fall, and will not be adding any new hall of fame inductees this year.

The Moose Jaw Trap and Skeet Club is open for the season, with shooting available on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page, or by calling Nolan at 1 (306) 694-8093.

The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League, which includes Moose Jaw senior and junior teams, has cancelled the season this summer.

The Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association is hosting a shortened outdoor season. Registration is now available online.

The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 36th Annual Induction will be held on Oct. 3 in Battleford. For information call 1 (306) 446-1983 or email saskbaseballmuseum@sasktel.net

Events

Movie theatres, live theatres, art galleries, museums, and libraries are allowed to reopen on June 29, although some are not doing so and patrons should check with individual venues before visiting.

The Cultural Centre has reopened to the public, with the gallery and Box Office open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those looking to purchase tickets for upcoming shows can contact staff during regular operating hours by calling 1 (306) 693-4700 or emailing info@moosejawculture.ca, or by purchasing online at moosejawculture.ca.

The Moose Jaw Humane Society has cancelled all in-person fundraising activities but is still holding the 2020 4 Paws Lottery. Tickets are available by calling the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517.

The Moose Jaw Public Library is now offering virtual programming while the building is physically closed to the public. Teen events will be hosted on Discord and adult events on Zoom, and the links to join the events can be found on the library's website.

The Good Food Box from Hunger in Moose Jaw will not be available in July and August, and will resume in September. Contact Hunger in Moose Jaw at 1 (306) 692-1916 for more details.

The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market  is back on Langdon Crescent every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, and there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available.

Concerts in the Park from the Moose Jaw Health Foundation are cancelled for July and August.

The children's summer parks program from the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department are being delivered using take-home activity kits, made available in neighbourhoods around the city. Registration is available online.

The Gateway Music Festival in Bengough on July 24-26 has been cancelled. Ticket holders may contact organizers at gatewayfestivaltickets@gmail.com for ticket refunds, or they can choose to donate this year’s ticket to the festival or hold onto it for the 2021 festival.

Brickspo at the Western Development Museum on July 25-26 has been postponed to a later, undetermined date.

A liturgy service to celebrate St. Vladimir will take place on July 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located at 673 Grandview Street West. COVID-19 protocols will be followed, and attendees are asked to call 1 (306) 692-2593 in advance if planning to attend.

The annual Legion Fun Day from the Moose Jaw Legion branch at the end of July is cancelled.

The Moose Jaw Soap Box Derby in August has been cancelled.

The Moose Jaw & District Seniors Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Timothy Eaton Gardens on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Doors will open at noon for registration, and any specific topics must be in written form and sent to the Board of Directors at least 30 days in advance of the meeting. Nomination forms for the three open spots on the Board of Directors are available at the front desk.

Country artist Chris Henderson will be playing a parking lot concert at The Music Vault in Wilcox, SK at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Gary Island at 1 (905) 242-0505.

StreetCuts Barber has resumed free haircuts in the SARCAN parking lot on Sundays, with the next event set for Aug. 23 at 11 a.m.

The Family First Radiothon in support of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation will take place on Sept. 10-11.

The annual Threshing Bee at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum on Sept 12-13 is tentatively cancelled this year.

The third annual Fall Into Fabric sale hosted by Hunger in Moose Jaw will be on Sept. 12 at Zion United Church.

The D-Day Juno Beach paintball reenactment from Joe’s Place Youth Centre on Sept. 19 has been cancelled.

The 2020 Terry Fox Run in Moose Jaw will take place virtually on Sept. 20. Register online at TerryFox.org.

An Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for Heartland Hospice has been rescheduled to take place on Sept. 24. Tickets are available for purchase online.

The 50th annual Canadian Western Agribition in Regina on Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 has been postponed until Nov. 22-27.

Businesses/Facilities

Clinics that provide services in dentistry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy, and chiropractic services will be allowed to reopen regular services to clients beginning May 4, as Phase One of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Most retail businesses have reopened, in addition to personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, tattoo artists, manicurists, estheticians, and more. 

Childcare facilities have now reopened.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is phasing in health services, including an increase in certain surgeries and diagnostic imaging, immunizations, and mental health services.

Visitors are still not allowed in any hospitals, clinics, or continuing care facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Health Region. Some exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, such as family visiting a patient at end of life care, or family of patients prior to major surgery. All community gatherings at SHA-operated facilities are on hold, as are volunteer services from those over the age of 65.

The Gift Shop and the Canteen Cart at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital will be closed until further notice. 

Casinos Moose Jaw and Regina are now open, with reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, in addition to other COVID-19 safety precautions such as visitor screening, reduced capacity, and staggered seating availability. Gaming services are limited to slot machines at this time, with live tables closed until further notice.

Leisure Time Bingo is open, with a reduced capacity of 70 people at a time. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There is no late night program running at this time.

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is closed, but can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 693-5261 or email at info@tunnelsofmoosejaw.com.

The Moose Jaw Exhibition Company has cancelled all upcoming events for the time being, and will not be accepting drop-in, overnight, or new tenants on the grounds until further notice. 

Restaurants

Restaurants, lounges, bars, and nightclubs are open at full capacity, following physical distancing guidelines.



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