The City of Brantford issued an announcement over the weekend stating the closure of all City owned Community Centres and facilities. This announcement came from the advice provided by Public Health Canada to help mitigate the onset of community spread in our region, other municipalities in the region took similar measures.
The closed facilities include;
- the Tourism Centre
- Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
- Tthe Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
- The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre
- Bell Homestead
- Doug Snooks Community Centre
- Lions Park Arena
- The Civic Centre
- Woodman Community Centre
- T.B. Costain.
They will be closed effective Monday March 16th, 2020 until at least April 5th, 2020. An assessment of the current situation will be conducted a week prior to that date and any new information will be shared publicly on March 26, 2020.
The County of Brant also announced they will be closing the following until April 5th, 2020.
- All Community Centres
- All Arenas
- The Paris Museum and Historical Society
- The St. George Lawn Bowling Club
The Brantford Public Library also announced that the library will be closed until further notice. Residents are encouraged to visit the Library’s online resources for a host of electronic resources that can be used from home.
A complete list of non-essential City programs and services that have been suspended until at least April 5, 2020 is available at brantford.ca/closures.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said Ontario is responding to the evolving situation by moving forward with new measures to help contain the virus, including the recommended closure of all recreational programs and libraries, private schools, daycares, churches and other faith settings, as well as bars and restaurants, except those that may only offer takeout or delivery. These closures would be in line with the updated guidance to avoid large gatherings of over 50 people.
This announcement has caused a multitude of additional closures and cancellations which will be far too numerous to cover. If you had an event or had planned to visit a location; it is advised you check ahead to ensure those plans have not been altered.
Churches which thus far have confirmed closures are:
- Central Baptist Church
- Fairview United Church (though they did offer a live stream condensed service on their Facebook)
- Grace Anglican Church
- Hope Christian Reformed Church (Cancelled all programs and meetings for this week. Awaiting update for this coming Sunday service.)
- Jerseyville United Church
- St. Andrews United Church (Closed for previous Sunday service, awaiting update for the coming service.)
- St. Mark’s
The above list is only what can be confirmed and does not include churches that have cancelled some of their programming and not announced cancellations of services.
- Lansdowne Children’s Centre – closed until April 6th
- GRCA – is closing all of its nature centres and cancelling all March Break Camps
- The Brantford Farmers’ Market – will close effective March 22, 2020 and remain closed until April 5, 2020.
- Brantford Symphony Orchestra Book Fair – has been cancelled.
- Brantford Carp Chapter Seniors Resource Fair – set for May 6th is now cancelled this year.
- Cineplex – have closed all locations and theatres, and cancelled all scheduled events until April 2nd.
Check back for further updates on closures and cancellations affecting Brantford and Brant County.
For further information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus please see the Brant County Health Unite (BCHU)