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FILE – Crowd shot at concert. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)

COVID-19: Greater Victoria sports, entertainment venues affected after province bans large gatherings

Health officials take new measures to combat spread of novel coronavirus

  • Mar 13, 2020
FILE – Crowd shot at concert. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
B.C. Junior hockey is cancelled across the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Here’s what’s cancelled in Greater Victoria due to coronavirus pandemic

An updated list of Greater Victoria events cancelled, postponed

B.C. Junior hockey is cancelled across the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s talk at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 31 has been postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Michelle Obama talk in Victoria postponed amidst COVID-19 concerns

Province bans gatherings of more than 250 people

Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s talk at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 31 has been postponed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, March 9, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

More daily COVID-19 cases reported now than during worst of China’s outbreak: WHO

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Europe now pandemic’s global epicentre

FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, March 9, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
FILE - Tents stand on a wharf near the Grand Princess at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Monday, March 9, 2020. The cruise ship, which had maintained a holding pattern off the coast for days, was carrying multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Canada will ban cruise ships with over 500 people from docking until July

Government also planning to restrict airports that can accept international flights

FILE - Tents stand on a wharf near the Grand Princess at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., Monday, March 9, 2020. The cruise ship, which had maintained a holding pattern off the coast for days, was carrying multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
The University of Victoria suspends international travel and cancels large classes following announcements by the provincial health officer on March 12. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

University of Victoria cancels classes with more than 250 students, international travel

UVic following advice of health officials to protect students, staff

The University of Victoria suspends international travel and cancels large classes following announcements by the provincial health officer on March 12. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
FILE – Many airlines and hotels are offering free cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)

Worried about your vacation amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what you can cancel

Many airlines, hotels and Airbnbs have updated policies due to the novel coronavirus

FILE – Many airlines and hotels are offering free cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Canada’s House of Commons. (Black Press file photo)

Parliament suspended, more closures amid COVID-19 recession warning

CN Tower set to close to visitors, several universities cancel in-person classes

Canada’s House of Commons. (Black Press file photo)
Shows are going on as scheduled currently at the Royal Theatre (above) and McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, with added precautionary disinfecting of surfaces being undertaken to reduce the risk to patrons of contracting COVID-19. Black Press file photo

COVID-19: Precautions being taken, Victoria shows going on so far

Live performance venues ramp up theatre sanitizing measures to help prevent spread of virus

Shows are going on as scheduled currently at the Royal Theatre (above) and McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, with added precautionary disinfecting of surfaces being undertaken to reduce the risk to patrons of contracting COVID-19. Black Press file photo
A Greater Victoria doctor says residents need to take precautions to protect themselves and the most vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria physician encourages taking precautions to protect at-risk populations amid COVID-19 concerns

Social distancing, hand washing, preparing for self-isolation top priorities

A Greater Victoria doctor says residents need to take precautions to protect themselves and the most vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
In this file image made from a video taken on March 28, 2018, Michael Kovrig, an adviser with the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Chinese allow Michael Kovrig telephone call to sick father amid COVID-19

Since the outbreak, the Chinese government has ‘tried its best to address their reasonable concerns’ of the detainees

In this file image made from a video taken on March 28, 2018, Michael Kovrig, an adviser with the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
COVID-19 molecule. (The Canadian Press)

Researchers and health workers further vaccine development, drive-thru testing

Meanwhile, researchers in Ontario announced they isolated the COVID-19 virus on Thursday

COVID-19 molecule. (The Canadian Press)
Melanie Sibbitt, of Victoria, is quarantined after a coronavirus outbreak onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship from Hawaii to San Francisco in early March. (Courtesy of Melanie Sibbitt)

‘I feel like I’m in a movie’: Victoria woman shares quarantine experience after cruise ship coronavirus outbreak

One Canadian passenger tests positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine in Ontario

Melanie Sibbitt, of Victoria, is quarantined after a coronavirus outbreak onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship from Hawaii to San Francisco in early March. (Courtesy of Melanie Sibbitt)
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau attends a rally for her husband Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau in Burnaby, B.C. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. The Prime Minister’s Office says Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19: PMO

‘I will be back on my feet soon’

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau attends a rally for her husband Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau in Burnaby, B.C. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. The Prime Minister’s Office says Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Hockey stick and puck. (Black Press Media files)

BC Hockey cancels all provincial championships due to COVID-19 outbreak

In B.C., provincial hockey championships were slated to begin this Sunday, March 15

Hockey stick and puck. (Black Press Media files)
A pair of Abbotsford RFC defenders resort to holding a Black Sheep player’s jersey to stop him from advancing toward the end zone, midway through a B.C. Rugby Union game in December 2018 at the Port Alberni rugby club. Abbotsford won 45-32. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

BC Rugby suspends weekend games, any out-of-province travel over COVID-19

League taking cautious approach in wake of pandemic status

A pair of Abbotsford RFC defenders resort to holding a Black Sheep player’s jersey to stop him from advancing toward the end zone, midway through a B.C. Rugby Union game in December 2018 at the Port Alberni rugby club. Abbotsford won 45-32. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Cameron Hope, general manager of the Victoria Royals, says more information will become available next week in regard to how the season pause will affect players and fans. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

WHL pauses season amid COVID-19 concerns, Victoria Royals cancel weekend games

Cameron Hope addressed concerns on Thursday outside the Royals’ dressing room

Cameron Hope, general manager of the Victoria Royals, says more information will become available next week in regard to how the season pause will affect players and fans. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
FILE – Crowd shot at concert. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)

COVID-19: Province bans large gatherings in B.C.

Health officials take new measures to combat spread of novel coronavirus

FILE – Crowd shot at concert. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
Kenny Podmore, Sidney’s Town Crier, has cancelled his trip to England because of COVID 19. Several local organizations and businesses have already seen some impacts because of COVID 19 and are actively monitoring the situation (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Few cancellations in Sidney as people monitor COVID-19 situation

Key facilities like the Mary Winspear Centre have not yet seen any cancellations

Kenny Podmore, Sidney’s Town Crier, has cancelled his trip to England because of COVID 19. Several local organizations and businesses have already seen some impacts because of COVID 19 and are actively monitoring the situation (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update coronavirus cases at the B.C. legislature, March 12, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. recommends no travel outside Canada in coronavirus pandemic

People who leave for U.S. or elsewhere should expect 14-day isolation

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update coronavirus cases at the B.C. legislature, March 12, 2020. (B.C. government)