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March 12 – Au Château closed to visitors after Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health/Executive Officer of the Health Unit, directed that all Long-Term Care Homes be closed to visitors until further notice.

March 12 – Ontario announced all publicly funded schools would be closed from March 14 to April 5. People were discouraged from travelling during the March break. Many local people took that advice and cancelled trips.
March 12 – Chief Scott McLeod of Nipissing First Nation announced the cancellation of the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga. Nipissing First Nation was the 2020 host, but it was determined to be too dangerous for members of vulnerable communities in the north to send children who may carry the virus back to their home communities. The 2021 tournament was offered to NFN, which they accepted.
March 12 – The Sledapalooza event in Verner cancelled because insurance would not cover the potential dangers of COVID-19.

March 13 - The Municipality of West Nipissing announced it was actively monitoring COVID-19 and working closely with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and community partners to take preventative measures and respond appropriately. “The risk to individuals for COVID-19 in our district remains low, but we are taking proper precautions to help protect the health of our community and have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization of our public facilities.”

March 13 – CANO announced the postponement of its concert “The Beatles Acoustic.” Its other shows planned for March and April were also cancelled in the following days.

March 13 – Local groceries ran out of toilet paper in response to fears of a shortage. There is no actual shortage in Canada. Stocks are expected to return to normal shortly.

March 13 - Zumba in Verner was cancelled.

March 14 - All catholic masses in the area were cancelled until further notice by the Diocese of Sault Ste-Marie.

March 15 – The CORONAVIRUS WEST NIPISSING Facebook page was initiated so that local people could stay up to date on developments and offer assistance to those in the community who are isolated or at-risk. Within a few hours, the membership climbs in the hundreds

March 15 – There are 252 known cases of COVID-19 in Canada, none in West Nipissing.

March 16 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the nation and national security measures were announced, borders were closed to international travelers, except Americans. Many local people who were out of the country on vacation scrambled to return before international travel was halted.

March 16 – Jim Chirico, Chief Medical Officer of the North Bay and District Health Unit, informed the public that the district still had no confirmed cases of COVID-19

March 16 – The town announced the Community and Recreation Centre and the Sturgeon River House Museum would be closed to the public until April 6. This includes all municipal arenas, pool and the fitness centres. Libraries in West Nipissing also shut their doors.

March 16 - Municipal tax due dates were postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020, to reduce non-essential visits to the Municipal Office. No penalties will be applied.

March 16 – The North Bay Regional Health Centre closed to visitors.

March 16 – The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) announced only essential core services would continue, including issuing social assistance payments. All inquiries and applications are to be made by phone. Social Housing properties will continue to be maintained and health and safety issues will be addressed. Not be available for the time-being: most child care centres have been temporarily closed and all EarlyOn programs are temporarily closed. Face to face meetings will not be held. Anyone requiring social assistance is asked to call 705-474-1923 or toll free at 1-877-319-5411.

March 16 – The Community Kitchen / Cuisine Communautaire closes until April 4.

March 16 – The WN Community Health Centre suspended all community health programs until further notice.

March 17 – Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario.

March 17 – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit recommended that bars, theaters, libraries, recreational programs, daycare centres and places of worship close. Also recommended that gatherings remain less than 50 people and that people practice social distancing, i.e. working from home where possible; conducting meetings virtually instead of in person; spending time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 1-2 metre (3-6 feet) distance from each other; changing how people greet one another –with a friendly wave or an elbow bump; avoiding non-essential trips in the community. People were asked to avoid visits to Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other care settings unless the visit is essential.

March 17 – Local restaurants and bars complied with provincial directives to close in-house dining, but many are offering take out and/or delivery services. People are urged to support local small business as much as possible.

March 17 – After cancelling its St-Patrick’s Day party, the Club Calumet closed its doors entirely until March 31.

March 17 - Club Richelieu cancelled its annual Souper de la Francophonie, which had been set for end of March.

March 17 – West Nipissing Food Bank announced that service recipients would not be allowed to enter the building, that prepared packages of food would be delivered to them outside.

March 17 – A host of local events were cancelled or postponed, including but not limited to: River Valley Lumberjack Breakfast, local church luncheons, Knights of Columbus suppers, church services.

March 17 – Paul & Nancy’s No Frills announced special hours during which the store will be open only to seniors and those with disabilities between 8 and 9 am on Tuesdays and Fridays.

March 17 – The municipality issued notice to those returning to the area from foreign travel that they will have to self isolate for 14 days.  “Try arranging to have supplies such as groceries dropped off at your door by a friend or family member. When absolutely necessary, go during off-peak hours and do your best to remain 1-2 metres (3-6 feet) away from others.”

Many other announcements are being made on a daily basis. The public should anticipate that any public event will be delayed until considered safe.

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