The Souris Curling Club was forced to make a tough decision on March 15 when they voted to shutter the 22 Annual Survivor Spiel to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The event, which draws hundreds of people to the Souris community was scheduled to go March 31 - April 5.
Toutted as being the largest curling bonspiel under one roof, the anticipated event has an array of events throughout the week. They have meals, entertainment, socials, raffles and an opportunity to connect with friends near and far. This is truly a loss to the entire community.
Their press release is as follows:
“The 22nd Annual Souris Survivor Bonspiel has been cancelled for this year. As a community event, we feel that it is our responsibility to protect our curlers, sponsors, volunteers and spectators. It would be reckless to continue in these uncertain times, as we don't quite understand the severity of this pandemic.
Teams and sponsors - first of all THANK YOU. Secondly our committee members will be in touch with you all this week.
We won't let this beat us. We will be back next year and we hope you will be too!
Souris Survivor Bonspiel Committee.”
On the heels of this cancellation, the Municipality of Souris Glenwood has decided to close all municipal facilities including the Complex, community hall, library, Avalon Theatre. The curling rink will operate as normal until Thursday when professionals will be in Souris to shut ice plant down.
Mayor Darryl Jackson says they will be monitoring the situation as this pandemic proceeds.
Schools across the province are closing March 23.
People are being asked to curtail travel, practise social distancing and self isolation.
We will update you as the situation unfolds.