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Many services, programs shut down until further notice

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Journal Staff

Most events and programs in Sarnia and the immediate area have been postponed or cancelled as a precaution to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

All pubic programs offered by Lambton County, including special events, workshops and presentations at all library branches are cancelled.

That includes the Sarnia Library Theatre, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, and all March Break programming.

In addition to the closure of all publicly funded schools announced last week, Lambton Public Health has advised all daycare centres and day camps to close until schools return to normal operation.

All hockey arenas and the Strangway Centre are closed until April 5, the City of Sarnia said.

The preventative measures come after consultation between Lambton Public Health, the province and Ottawa.

Many organizations and businesses have imposed visitor restrictions, and more closures and cancellations were expected this week.

Lambton’s long-term care homes have been closed to visitors, and the Ontario’s chief medical officer of health has directed all long-term care home in the province to close to all non-essential visitors.

As of Monday, there were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Lambton County, although cases have been confirmed in neighbouring Middlesex London, and Huron Perth.

Updates are available at lambtononline.ca.

The YMCA is closed until April 6, include all health, fitness and aquatics, child cares, and March Break camps.

As well, many churches, clubs, and recreational programs have cancelled or postponed upcoming events.

Lambton medical officer of health Dr. Sudit Ranade said the practice of social distancing is essential to help prevent the virus’ spread in Sarnia-Lambton.

That means not only avoiding large gatherings, but also limiting social interactions beyond essential contact, he said.

Health officials are advising residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada.

All travellers returning to Canada, including even a quick trip across the border, are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days, whether they have symptoms or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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