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Closures and cancellations pile up across province

Seniors facilities shutting doors to visitors

K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, public libraries and daycares join numerous restaurants and bars closing across the province. Retailers in malls in Calgary and Edmonton are reducing hours, and arts organizations province-wide continue to cancel or postpone scheduled events through the spring. These include the Edmonton International Children's Festival of the Arts (set for May), Walterdale Theatre, the Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary Opera and Stage West Dinner Theatre among many others. Calgary recreation facilities remain open for the time being. 

Capital Care nursing homes, Christenson Communities facilities and other seniors facilities around the province are taking measures to keep residents and the senior population safe. While many are shutting their doors to visitors entirely, others are stopping people at the front entrance to take a temperature or query about travel activities in or out of province.  Capital care nursing homes are asking those who've travelled outside Canada, or anyone who feels unwell, to stay home.

"We have directed all residents to avoid any visitors to their personal residences until further notice, unless in extreme or necessary circumstances. We have also implemented on-sight temperature screening of staff, residents, and suppliers entering our facilities. Our number one priority is to protect the health and safety of our residents, their families, and our staff," said Christenson Communities CEO Izabella Roth.

"We are committed to taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus in our residences and taking all necessary precautions."

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