On March 11, 2020 the Novel Corona Virus (“COVID-19”) was classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. With over 100 countries worldwide reporting cases of the virus, we began following directions of provincial and local emergency management and public health agencies. As the outbreak continued in Canada, Santa Maria Goretti Centre announced the following message on our social media: “As the health and safety of our community remains a top priority, Santa Maria Goretti Centre has cancelled Sunday Pranzo until the circumstances change. We will re-evaluate the situation from week to week, so please stay tuned for further updates.

Recently, the province of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. They have put out new measures on social distancing as recommended by provincial health authorities, including a ban on any organized gatherings of more than 50 people. Its no surprise that like many businesses in Edmonton and around the world, we are taking the necessary precautions to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our community and temporarily closing our doors. At the moment, there is no vaccine or any natural health products that can protect the public against the virus, we want to encourage that everyone take the requested steps to assist in the control of the Coronavirus. For all those who have planned an upcoming event at Santa Maria Goretti Centre in the next couple months, we would be happy to reschedule your event for the fall or for a later date. Please call us at 780-426-5026 (Monday-Friday 9am-2pm) to discuss your options.

In addition to the Centre’s closure, our neighbouring Santa Maria Goretti Church will also cancel all church related functions. This includes mass, communion, confirmation, baptisms, catechism, Lent and Easter missions. For more information on this closure and many others, please refer to the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton website.

We ask everyone going through this tough time to respect others; help those in need and support those around you who are on the front lines of this pandemic.

If you are looking to get more information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada: Public Health Agency of Canada for more details.

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