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UPDATE: Women’s curling championship cancelled…

UPDATE: Earlier today, the World Curling Federation announced the cancellation of the 2020 Women’s World Curling Championship in Prince George due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This announcement came following the Province of BC’s recommendation that the Championship, which was to have been held from March 14-22 in Prince George, be postponed.

“Council wishes to thank the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada for choosing Prince George as the host city for the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship, which promised to be a great event for our city and region,” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “Council certainly supports the decision to cancel this curling championship, and we also wish to acknowledge the hundreds of volunteers, City staff, and countless residents for everything they have done to date. We certainly were ready to host the world.”

Health officials continue to emphasize that the spread of various illnesses – ranging from colds and flu to COVID-19 – can be prevented if people stay home when sick, properly wash their hands, and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (such as door knobs, phones, keyboards, and hand-rails). More information is available from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George…

“Given the changing global circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 pandemic declaration and the increasing risks of community spread at large public gatherings, we are announcing today that we have recommended to the World Curling Federation that it postpone the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George.

“We made this decision after careful deliberation with local public health officials and the event organizers. We understand what the championship means to the athletes who have trained hard to compete, but the health of British Columbians is our first priority. 

“We will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 and focus our efforts on containment in British Columbia.”

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