Public Notice: No Front Counter Services has become a common announcement for most businesses in our towns and cities across Manitoba, and indeed, Canada. In an effort to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, people are staying home, travelers are self-isolating, schools and all public buildings are being closed, events, meetings —anything where a group of people gather in a small area — has all been canceled.
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For me personally, it may be the first time in many years where I’m not thinking about all the upcoming events I have to cover as a reporter, and being worried about forgetting something. This can be a time to recharge, reboot, reflect and most importantly . . . to really catch up with all the stories that have been on the backburner! At least that’s my hope.
And although I know it is very serious and we have to take all these proactive steps, it is also very important to try and keep things ‘light’ lest we get bogged down. I think there will be many positive stories that come out of it all. Spending time as families is one of the best things I can think of right off the hop. I heard one mother say – “well we sure are going to get to know our families” – and that is not a bad thing at all.
Deloraine Times’ readers, or anyone who may be reading this, please feel free to call or email with your stories – as there will be no events to cover, I may be looking for content. Ph: 204-747-2249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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So it is a time of cancellations and closures. The Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester has announced the closure of all municipal-owned venues until further notice. This includes the skating rink, theatre and community complex, all recreation programming and the library. The larger handyvan has been taken out of service but the smaller van will continue to operate. The Municipal Office is closed to the public until further notice. Check the ad in this week’s paper.
The Municipality is also strongly suggesting that anyone who has been traveling and returns to Deloraine-Winchester that they self-isolate for 14 days. They also have an ad concerning traveler’s in this weeks issue. Please check it out for more information. One phone number you should have on hand is Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free). For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Manitoba public health website at www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/.
The Library also closed as of Tuesday, March 17 at the end of the dayfor an indefinite amount of time. Here’s some info from the library:
“We thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that we have a very large digital offering which is available anytime with almost any type of tablet or a Kobo reader. Through RBDigital we also have around 135 magazines available to borrow.
Using Overdrive or Libby, you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from our very large selection. You can borrow any of these digital items from the comfort of your home anytime of the day. You do need a current library card.
While the library is closed starting tomorrow, Lorraine will be around most of the next week to contact by phone to help either getting a library card or help with setting up and downloading books and magazines.
Assuming the closure extends for some time, Lorraine may take some of her holidays. With this in mind, we’d suggest anyone needing a card, a renewal, or help setting up their device to please drop in today or call her within the next week.”
You can stay in touch with Library news on their facebook – Bren Del Win Centennial Library.
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Boundary Co-op is opening an hour earlier especially for the senior population to do their shopping without too many people in the store. Also, please note you cannot use your reusable bags when shopping until further notice. You will have the option of the plastic bags and the 5¢/bag will be waived. The Food Store is doing a bang-up job of keeping items in stock, especially that most sought-after TP!
Hasselfield Drugs is also making efforts to help people
“We would like to assure our customers that we are doing everything we can to help keep the community safe. We are sanitizing high traffic areas such as the till, drop off and pick up counters regularly. We would like to encourage our in-town customers to take advantage of the free delivery service that we offer.
If you are feeling unwell and are from out of town, we are happy to take your prescription and any other required items to your vehicle if you park outside and call us (204-747-2648).
In these cases, any questions you have about your prescription or over the counter medication can be answered over the phone by one of our pharmacists.”