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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.

Education:

All schools in Saskatchewan, from pre-kindergarten to high school will not be reopening until fall. Distance learning resources 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 for the remainder of the semester. A decision about how final exams will be conducted is yet to be made.

Organizations:

SARCAN will re-open on June 8 to commercial and bulk customers by appointment only. Recycling services will resume for the general public on June 15.

SGI is no longer offering road tests until further notice, save for a limited number of Class 2, 4, and 5 examinations for healthcare and agriculture workers beginning May 11. Those who have already booked an appointment will be notified to reschedule. SGI offices are currently closed to the public, but appointments to complete transactions in person can be made by calling the Moose Jaw branch at 1 (306) 691-4570.

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 is now closed to the public, with all upcoming events cancelled until further notice. In-person summer camps will be changing to virtual summer camps.

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. Camping 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 closed to the public until further notice. Payments can be deposited in the mail slot on the front of the building or processed online.

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

Tourism Moose Jaw will be closed until further notice but executive director Jacki L'Heureux-Mason can be contacted by phone at 1 (306) 692-0555 or by email at director@tourismmoosejaw.com

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 Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 59 is now closed to the public. Veterans in need of assistance can contact the Legion service officer at 1 (306) 681-3835.

All places of worship in the city will be able to re-open on June 8 as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, following guidelines laid out by the provincial government.

TOPS Chapters across Canada are cancelling weigh-ins and meetings. Please check with TOPS to see when they will resume activities.

The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council is closing its office and the Newcomer Centre to the public until further notice. Staff and settlement workers are still available to contact through phone or other digital communication by calling the MJMCC at 1 (306) 693-4677 or the Newcomer Centre at 1 (306) 692-6892.

The Moose Jaw & District Senior Association will be closing Timothy Eaton Gardens and Timothy Eaton Cafe until further notice.

The Cosmo Centre is closed until further notice.

The Moose Jaw Public Library is now closed until further notice. Book deadlines will be extended to accommodate, and overdue fines will be waived for the time being. The Library has a Virtual Help Desk featuring virtual programs for children, youth, and adults, and staff are on hand to help with library card information and tech support. The help desk can be contacted at 1 (306) 692-2787, to leave a message for staff to return. The Moose Jaw Public Library can also be contacted on Facebook or by email at ask@moosejawlibrary.ca.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is closed. All events and programs during this time will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.

All grief support groups from Jones-Parkview Funeral Home are cancelled until further notice.

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. Families taking part in the children's lunch program are to contact Hunger in Moose Jaw directly. 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 the end of May, 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 suspending all volunteer activities and opportunities at the shelter until further notice and will be closed to the public. Adoptions, cremations, and emergency services are still available by appointment by contacting the shelter at 1 (306) 692-1517.

SCRAPS has closed its 9 Lives Boutique at the Town 'n' Country Mall until further notice.

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

Joe’s Place Youth Centre has closed its centre to the public and is only offering online programs until further notice.

Moose Jaw Families for Change has cancelled all upcoming community events and has postponed regular programming. Questions can be directed to MJFFC at 1 (306) 693-2271.

Sports and Recreation

Gyms and fitness centres are closed by mandate of the provincial government, and will reopen as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan on June 8.

Golf courses, including the Lynbrook Golf Course and Hillcrest Golf Course in Moose Jaw, are now open, taking bookings both online and by phone. Tee-times have started as of May 15th. Please call the golf clubs for any additional information.

The Western Hockey League has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season. 

The Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League has been cancelled. 

The Moose Jaw Warriors office is now closed.

Moose Jaw Minor Hockey has closed the office to the public, effective immediately. 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 delayed the start of it's 2020 season to the end of June, at the earliest.

Gymtastiks has cancelled pre-school drop-in gymnastics until further notice; classes are suspended until further notice. 

Cheer Infinity Athletics continues to offer Virtual classes in May for the whole family, with over 15 hours of unlimited class time each week. Classes are open to members and non-members. Classes in Beginner and Advanced Dance, tumbling drills, stretch, flexibility, conditioning and Ninja training. Email info@cheerinfinity.ca today for more information on how to register.

Martial arts classes, including programs at Empire School, are cancelled.

Special Olympics Saskatchewan, including the Moose Jaw branch, has cancelled all sports training, programs, meetings, competition, and in-person events until June 30.

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

The Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation has cancelled its Walleye Challenge, which was scheduled for June 12 and 13.

The Moose Jaw Soccer Association has postponed all programming and will be announcing a plan for the outdoor season as Phase 4 and Phase 5 details of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan are confirmed.

The Moose Jaw Tennis Club is shut down until further notice, including both indoors and outdoors.

Lawn Bowling has resumed for the 2020 season. Play is limited to ten players on the greens at one time. Social distancing precautions will be strictly enforced. There will be two game times available on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. To reserve your time on a rink, call 1 (306) 313-4434.

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

The Riverhurst Walleye Classic this June is cancelled and will return in 2021 for its 30th anniversary.

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

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.

Events

All recreational and entertainment venues, including YaraCentre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, are closed by mandate of the provincial government, and will be allowed to reopen at an undetermined date during Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

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. Upcoming events include a COVID-19 Cafe on May 27 at 2:30 p.m., and a Virtual Book Club meeting on May 28 at 7 p.m. Both events will be hosted using 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 resumed on May 12 with contactless pickup, and payment can be taken via e-transfer, credit card payments over the phone. The next Good Food Box will be ready for pickup on June 9, and the deadline to order is June 3. There will also be a second pickup date on June 23, with the order deadline of June 17. Contact Hunger in Moose Jaw at 1 (306) 692-1916 for more details.

The Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market will be back on Langdon Crescent for opening day on May 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Precautions are in place for entrances & exits, as well as plenty of room for social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available.

The Pet Value Walk for Dog Guides will be taking place virtually on May 31 instead of in-person in Wakamow Valley. For more information on how to donate and register for the charity walk, check the Walk for Dog Guides website or email Moose Jaw organizer Laurie Ewen at mjwalkfordogguides@gmail.com.

The Moose Jaw Health Foundation has cancelled the Concerts in the Park series for the month of June, and will be reassessing the July and August shows closer to those months.

The Children's Festival hosted by the Moose Jaw Shrine Club, usually held at the beginning of June, is cancelled this year. 

The Moose Jaw Royal Canadian Legion has cancelled its annual Decoration Day Memorial on June 7.

The Moose Jaw Hometown Fair and Parade on June 18-21 has been cancelled.

The Gravelbourg Summer Solstice Festival on June 18-21 has been postponed to June 18-20, 2021.

The annual Moose Jawg Charity Road Race on July 1 is cancelled.

Sidewalk Days on July 2-4 has been cancelled. 

The 26th Annual Eyebrow Fair on July 4 has been cancelled.

The sixth Highway to Heroes Car Show, sponsored by the 15 Wing Fellowship and scheduled for July 12th has been cancelled. Plans for future events will be discussed in September.

The Moose Jaw Gamers Association has cancelled the 2020 Summer GAX on July 11-13.

The Festival of Words will no longer be taking place in-person but will instead move to a virtual platform on July 13-19. Attendance will also be free, but organizers encourage donations to help keep the festival running. Registration opens on June 1.

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.

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

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.

Some retail businesses will be allowed to reopen beginning May 19 during Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, in addition to some personal services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.

Personal service businesses that did not open in Phase Two, including estheticians, tattoo artists, manicurists, and more, will be allowed to open on June 8 with Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Childcare facilities will be allowed to reopen on June 8, as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will begin to phase in some health services beginning on May 19, including an increase in certain surgeries and diagnostic imaging, immunizations, and mental health services.        

Visitors are no longer 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.

All city arenas and facilities, including YaraCentre and the Kinsmen Sportsplex, are now closed until further notice.

Points West Living condos are restricted to essential visitors only. Essential visitors are defined as those who provide care necessary for the well-being of a resident and visitors attending to a resident who is at an end of life situation. Visitors are restricted to one or two persons at a time and must be immediate family or designated support persons. Visitors will be required to go through a screening process. 

Dance Images by BJ has closed the studio for the time being, and classes will be made available by video.

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 have suspended operations.

Leisure Time Bingo is now closed until further notice.

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 continue to be closed to the public.  Deliver, take-out, and drive-through services are still operating. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on June 8 as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, and will be limited to 50 per cent capacity at that time.



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