SHARE ON: (Pixabay.com) This article will be kept up-to-date with cancellations, closures, and postponements related to COVID-19 in North Bay and the surrounding area. Please provide us any updates to your event. *New items will be added to the top of the list below Suspended, closed or postponed in West Nipissing by COVID-19: Only Essential Businesses Are Open At This Time! For a Full List: Follow This Link The priority for council is off of the budget, and onto stopping the spread of COVID-19. Food Bank clients will not be let in and instead food bank day will see volunteers handing out pre-prepared bags to all in need. Food Rescue is posponed Council has been cancelled and there is no makeup date as of now. For additional information, visit the West Nipissing website, or call the municipal office at 705-753-2250. The municipality announced that the Community and Recreation Centre, along with the Sturgeon River House Museum and all Verner arenas will be closed to the public until April 6th. This closure affects all municipal arenas, pool and fitness centres. According to the the West Nipissing General Hospital, visitors will be able to enter the building under exceptional circumstances as approved by a manager of the respective unit or department. Patients who attend the emergency room will be allowed to bring a maximum of one adult support person with them. All services and programs at all branches of the West Nipissing Public Library have been suspended, but late fees will be forgiven over this time. Appointments at the municipal office have been cancelled and communication will be done either over the phone or electronically. The Board of Directors of Literacy Nipissing has decided to take the necessary precautions to protect the staff students and volunteers. Their office will be closed from March 17th to March 31st. At that time the situation will be reevaluated. All city-operated arenas are closed, including Memorial Gardens, Pete Palangio, and West Ferris. Tim Hortons will be closing dining rooms to customers as of March 17. The Heritage Gardener Education Night on March 26, 2020 is cancelled. The North Bay Museum will be closed until April 5. All events in that time, including the North Bay Heritage Gardener Education night that was scheduled for March 26. All school-based childcare is closed. Good Life and Fit4Less are closed across Canada Antoine Mountain will close after March 16. March 24 North Bay city council and committee meeting cancelled. The next meeting is tentatively set for April 7. Lakeshore Dental will only be accepting patients with a dental emergency. Office hours are being adjusted, but phone calls will be returned. Laurentian Ski Hill has closed for the season. Canadore College is cancelling all physical classes for the week of March 16 to 20, 2020. Students with questions can contact their college placement or program coordinator. Adult upgrading, apprenticeship and dual credit classes at Canadore are also cancelled. Canadore College remains operational and employees are expected to report to work. The North Bay Museum will be cancelling our “Game On!” exhibit and all March Break programming due to growing concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Community Living North Bay EarlyON programs are closed until April 5 or until further notice. Please continue to monitor North Bay EarlyON social media for updated information about their programs. Elder Abuse Prevention originally scheduled for March 18 is rescheduled for May 20; all registrations will be transferred as well as contacted about the change. This event will take place at Le centre des compagnons. Please contact Near North Palliative Care Network for further details at 705-497-9239. The Capitol Centre has decided to cancel Les McKeown’s BAY CITY ROLLERS show which was scheduled for Sunday, March 15, and will provide more information on upcoming shows next week Relay for Life event scheduled for this weekend at the R. J. Surtees Athletics Centre at Nipissing University The PADDLE Program (Providing Adults with Developmental Disabilities Lifelong Experiences) is suspended Nipissing University: All events on campus currently scheduled up to and including March 27 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually, including Open House, campus tours, Research Month events, camps, etc. Nipissing University: team practices and fitness classes at the R.J. Surtees Athletics Centre are cancelled Nipissing University and the campus buildings remain open, including facilities such as research labs, the library, the athletics centre, residences and food services Long term care homes are no longer accepting visitors (except for compassionate care visitors) Private and non-essential workers and volunteers (palliative care workers permitted) at Cassellhome Nipissing District Soccer Club All Hockey Canada sanctioned leagues, including the North Bay Battalion of the OHL and Powassan Voodoos of the NOJHL Ringette Ontario has suspended all tournaments — Regionals were expected to take place in North Bay from March 27-29 Little Native Hockey League tournament Public skating for (tots, adults, and seniors) and shinny hockey are cancelled until further notice North Bay’s FIRST Robotic event Restoule Winter Carnival All publicly funded schools until April 6 Bowl for Kid’s Sake Powassan Sportsplex Trout Creek Community Centre Legion Branch 453 (Powassan) Powassan Food Bank (by appointment only) The Grace House Lions Pancake Breakfast in Powassan is cancelled All 250 Clark events are cancelled Some events at the Powassan Library have been cancelled Visitors have been asked to postpone visits to the North Bay Regional Health Centre if they are unwell and screening procedures are in place for patients and visitors (entry by Emergency Department doors only).