The YWCA in Yellowknife has cancelled its programming for March break, including programs for youth and children.

“The Family Centre will also be closing as of March 17,” said Alayna Ward, director of community relations with the YWCA.

Its after-school care at NWT schools, including at Yellowknife schools which runs in tandem with classes for the school year will also be suspended until after Easter Monday on April 13.

However, the YWCA’s other programs such as its transitional and emergency housing programs and family violence shelters will operate as usual.

Shelter staff have been asked to not come to work if they feel unwell.

“We are in discussions with the GNWT, Department of Health, in terms of a contingency plan for high-risk clients at our shelters in the event of COVID-10 spread in the territory,” the YWCA said on its website. ​

The organization advises that anyone who is sick, has had contact with people who are sick or who have traveled outside of Canada in the past two weeks to not enter any YWCA NWT facilities.

The suspensions and advisories come as health authorities in the NWT are still reporting no positive cases of COVID-19 out of 138 tests, according to the latest update from the Department of Health and Social Services on Monday morning at 11 a.m.

Across Canada there have been at least 324 positive cases of the virus and four deaths, as of Monday morning, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Cases have been reported in every province but none yet in the three territories.

Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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