Updated: Tuesday, March 17 11:00am

All indoor activity group meetings for the remainder of March and the April 1st monthly meeting are cancelled. The board will review the situation at the end of the month regarding April activities.

Outdoor activities like the Walking Group, and Men’s Golf can continue. The March 26 special event – a historic walking tour of Qualicum Beach is also now cancelled.

The National Newcomers Association sent an email to all club presidents across the country on March 13 advising that clubs follow the instructions of provincial public health agencies.

Our groups are not large in number but we cannot ensure “social distancing” where people are four feet apart in either restaurants or people’s homes and, the majority of our members are seniors, who are at a higher risk for both contracting the virus and for it to be a more severe illness that could require hospitalization.

With that in mind, even for the outdoor activities, please honour “social distancing.” Various references in the media say to keep a 3-6 foot distance. A Comox doctor recently advised 2-3 meters in her personal Facebook post. Do what you can and respect others’ choices if they’re asking for more space.

We will send out an email at the end of March updating members on activities in April.

Thank you for your understanding. Keep well.

Susan McAlevy
President, Parksville Newcomers Club


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