Most community events in Ancaster cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

News Mar 16, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

The Hamilton Cat Fanciers’ annual show at the Ancaster Fairgrounds has been cancelled, along with most other community events, as Hamilton and the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cat show, which had been planned to include more than 125 felines in five judging rings, is cancelled, show organizers announced online.

The show has been held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds for well over a decade. Proceeds totalling over $43,000 have in the past been donated to various local animal rescue groups. Last year's show attracted about 1,750 people.

Most community events in Ancaster and the Hamilton area have been scrapped after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommended on March 13 that gatherings of over 250 people be postponed or cancelled. Many groups and workplaces are encouraging social exclusion to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, as more positive cases continue to be reported across Canada and the world.

Hamilton Community News has opted to cancel its community event listings in print until further notice. Anyone planning to attend a community event should check with the event organizer to confirm the event is still taking place. In most cases, community events are postponed or cancelled.

Meanwhile, Theatre Ancaster board member Gord Conroy confirmed the theatre group’s British Invasion Spring Concert is cancelled. The group hopes to stage the event next spring, but for now refunds are being offered for shows previously slated to open April 24 at the Ancaster High School theatre auditorium.

“We hope that we can slow this down,” Conroy said in an email March 16. “As someone said a few days ago, the solution is washing hands, not mass hysteria.”

All Hamilton civic museums are closed until April 5 at the earliest. In Ancaster, that includes Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, the Ancaster Old Town Hall and Griffin House National Historic Site. All meetings, events and workshops slated for those venues are cancelled over the next few weeks.

Fieldcote curator Lois Corey said in an email there will be no in-person contact with the public, to assist in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“At the moment, full-time staff are still working, but updates may change on a daily basis,” she said on March 16.

Parishioners at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster are following the advice of Bishop Susan Bell of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara to temporarily suspend Sunday worship services.

“Earlier this week, I have made the decision to suspend the sharing of the common cup at celebrations of the Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the Church’s long-standing teaching is that it is sufficient to receive communion in one kind,” Bell wrote in a March 13 statement.

“Now, with the encouragement of public health officials to increase our social distance as much as possible, the Anglican bishops of the province of Ontario have collectively made the decision to temporarily suspend all Sunday worship services, effective immediately and until further notice. Parish and community groups are encouraged to not meet in person during this time.”

In general, all City of Hamilton recreation centres, libraries, arenas and senior centres and clubs are closed until April 6.

For the latest information, see www.hamilton.ca and www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: After hearing about the new social exclusion recommendations, we wanted to find out how local events and organizations have been impacted.

Most community events in Ancaster cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Contact event organizer if you're unsure

News Mar 16, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

The Hamilton Cat Fanciers’ annual show at the Ancaster Fairgrounds has been cancelled, along with most other community events, as Hamilton and the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cat show, which had been planned to include more than 125 felines in five judging rings, is cancelled, show organizers announced online.

The show has been held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds for well over a decade. Proceeds totalling over $43,000 have in the past been donated to various local animal rescue groups. Last year's show attracted about 1,750 people.

Most community events in Ancaster and the Hamilton area have been scrapped after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommended on March 13 that gatherings of over 250 people be postponed or cancelled. Many groups and workplaces are encouraging social exclusion to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, as more positive cases continue to be reported across Canada and the world.

“As someone said a few days ago, the solution is washing hands, not mass hysteria.” — Gord Conroy

Hamilton Community News has opted to cancel its community event listings in print until further notice. Anyone planning to attend a community event should check with the event organizer to confirm the event is still taking place. In most cases, community events are postponed or cancelled.

Meanwhile, Theatre Ancaster board member Gord Conroy confirmed the theatre group’s British Invasion Spring Concert is cancelled. The group hopes to stage the event next spring, but for now refunds are being offered for shows previously slated to open April 24 at the Ancaster High School theatre auditorium.

“We hope that we can slow this down,” Conroy said in an email March 16. “As someone said a few days ago, the solution is washing hands, not mass hysteria.”

All Hamilton civic museums are closed until April 5 at the earliest. In Ancaster, that includes Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, the Ancaster Old Town Hall and Griffin House National Historic Site. All meetings, events and workshops slated for those venues are cancelled over the next few weeks.

Fieldcote curator Lois Corey said in an email there will be no in-person contact with the public, to assist in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“At the moment, full-time staff are still working, but updates may change on a daily basis,” she said on March 16.

Parishioners at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster are following the advice of Bishop Susan Bell of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara to temporarily suspend Sunday worship services.

“Earlier this week, I have made the decision to suspend the sharing of the common cup at celebrations of the Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the Church’s long-standing teaching is that it is sufficient to receive communion in one kind,” Bell wrote in a March 13 statement.

“Now, with the encouragement of public health officials to increase our social distance as much as possible, the Anglican bishops of the province of Ontario have collectively made the decision to temporarily suspend all Sunday worship services, effective immediately and until further notice. Parish and community groups are encouraged to not meet in person during this time.”

In general, all City of Hamilton recreation centres, libraries, arenas and senior centres and clubs are closed until April 6.

For the latest information, see www.hamilton.ca and www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: After hearing about the new social exclusion recommendations, we wanted to find out how local events and organizations have been impacted.

Most community events in Ancaster cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Contact event organizer if you're unsure

News Mar 16, 2020 by Mike Pearson Ancaster News

The Hamilton Cat Fanciers’ annual show at the Ancaster Fairgrounds has been cancelled, along with most other community events, as Hamilton and the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cat show, which had been planned to include more than 125 felines in five judging rings, is cancelled, show organizers announced online.

The show has been held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds for well over a decade. Proceeds totalling over $43,000 have in the past been donated to various local animal rescue groups. Last year's show attracted about 1,750 people.

Most community events in Ancaster and the Hamilton area have been scrapped after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommended on March 13 that gatherings of over 250 people be postponed or cancelled. Many groups and workplaces are encouraging social exclusion to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, as more positive cases continue to be reported across Canada and the world.

“As someone said a few days ago, the solution is washing hands, not mass hysteria.” — Gord Conroy

Hamilton Community News has opted to cancel its community event listings in print until further notice. Anyone planning to attend a community event should check with the event organizer to confirm the event is still taking place. In most cases, community events are postponed or cancelled.

Meanwhile, Theatre Ancaster board member Gord Conroy confirmed the theatre group’s British Invasion Spring Concert is cancelled. The group hopes to stage the event next spring, but for now refunds are being offered for shows previously slated to open April 24 at the Ancaster High School theatre auditorium.

“We hope that we can slow this down,” Conroy said in an email March 16. “As someone said a few days ago, the solution is washing hands, not mass hysteria.”

All Hamilton civic museums are closed until April 5 at the earliest. In Ancaster, that includes Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, the Ancaster Old Town Hall and Griffin House National Historic Site. All meetings, events and workshops slated for those venues are cancelled over the next few weeks.

Fieldcote curator Lois Corey said in an email there will be no in-person contact with the public, to assist in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“At the moment, full-time staff are still working, but updates may change on a daily basis,” she said on March 16.

Parishioners at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster are following the advice of Bishop Susan Bell of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara to temporarily suspend Sunday worship services.

“Earlier this week, I have made the decision to suspend the sharing of the common cup at celebrations of the Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the Church’s long-standing teaching is that it is sufficient to receive communion in one kind,” Bell wrote in a March 13 statement.

“Now, with the encouragement of public health officials to increase our social distance as much as possible, the Anglican bishops of the province of Ontario have collectively made the decision to temporarily suspend all Sunday worship services, effective immediately and until further notice. Parish and community groups are encouraged to not meet in person during this time.”

In general, all City of Hamilton recreation centres, libraries, arenas and senior centres and clubs are closed until April 6.

For the latest information, see www.hamilton.ca and www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: After hearing about the new social exclusion recommendations, we wanted to find out how local events and organizations have been impacted.