St. Stephen – Effective 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, March 13, as a result of the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer for the Province of New Brunswick, Jennifer Russell, the Garcelon Civic Center is closed to the public out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our patrons and staff. All scheduled programming and events at the Garcelon Civic Center are hereby suspended until further notice.
“The advice of the Chief Medical Officer is good enough for me,” said Mayor Allan MacEachern in a phone call. “We definitely want to be safe rather than sorry.”
MacEachern said the original intent had been to wait and base the decision on whether or not Minister of Education, Dominic Cardy, announced a school closure.
“But school closures mean the civic centre would become very busy, ” said MacEachern. “And we don’t want to increase any risk of people getting sick.”
The Town of St. Stephen will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and the recommendations of health officials at the provincial, national, and international level. Once a determination has been made that a return to normal operations will not pose a risk to our staff or patrons the facility will reopen.
During this closure, staff will undertake necessary maintenance and repair activities to ensure that the facility is properly prepared when we return to service.
For those individuals holding memberships to our facility, please be advised at the conclusion of this closure your membership renewal date will be extended by an amount of time equal to the length of this unplanned closure.
We wish everyone the best of health and look forward to once again serving you in the near future.