City Closes Its Arenas and Cancels Programming

City Closes Its Arenas and Cancels Programming Following Provincial Announcement
Posted on 03/13/2020
Following the recent announcement by the Government of Prince Edward Island, the City’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has made the tough decision to close all City-owned sport and recreation facilities and cancel Parks and Recreation programming until further notice.

During the recent provincial announcement, Dr. Heather Morrison strongly suggested all organizations reconsider social gatherings, meetings, or events where a two-meter distance between people is not possible. Both the Cody Banks Arena and Simmons Sports Centre will be closed to the public as of 4 p.m. today (Friday, March 13). All programming through the Parks and Recreation Department, including March Break activities, have been cancelled until further notice. City Community Centres, including Hillsborough Park, West Royalty, Sherwood Recreation Hall, and Malcolm Darrach, will also be closing to the public at the end of the day today until further notice. Afterschool programs will go ahead as scheduled for today to give parents an opportunity to pick their children up as originally planned by 6:00 p.m.

Further announcements about the Eastlink Centre and Bell Aliant Centre will be made by those facilities.

As of right now, standing committee meetings and special meetings of council will go ahead as scheduled, following the guidelines on social distancing and hand sanitation. The City will keep the public apprised of any new information at the municipal level as updates are available.

The City of Charlottetown is also cancelling all discretionary travel across its departments until further notice. The City is following the travel advisories provided through the federal Chief Public Health Office and echoed by the Provincial Chief Public Health Office.

City departments are currently reviewing all planned staff travel to determine what is essential. Where possible, participation in out-of-province meetings may be conducted virtually.

Following information from the Chief Public Health Office, the City encourages the public and its staff to follow routine prevention measures, including:

• Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue;
• If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible;
• Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
• Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles; and
• Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops.

Residents are encouraged to use online municipal resources and tools, where available, to avoid close public contact. The main switchboard is available to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to direct questions to the appropriate department.

Based on the new recommendations from Provincial health authorities, the City of Charlottetown is requiring its employees who have travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning today, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, City of Charlottetown staff who have planned non-essential travel outside of Canada are encouraged to reconsider their travel plans until further notice from Public health officials. Staff who proceed with travel plans outside of Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Hand sanitizer has been placed in common areas in City-owned buildings to promote increased sanitation. Cleaning efforts throughout City-owned facilities – using commercial, hospital-grade disinfectant – have also increased as a preventative measure.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including the latest information, advice for travellers and FAQs, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19 or call the general information line at 1-800-958-6400.