Press Release – COVID-19 VSP Closure

March 16, 2020

Ferne Hebig, CAO




Town of Naicam Closes SportsPlex for the Season


Naicam, SK – Mar 16, 2020– The Town of Naicam is closing the Viking SportsPlex for the season effective noon March 16, 2020 as a preventative measure to ensure the continued health and safety of the entire community, but especially those most vulnerable. Last week the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan banned public gatherings of over 250 people in any one room in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Terms including social distancing and self-monitoring are also being used.

Social distancing means keeping at least one metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This means getting rid of handshakes and hugs. Keeping that one metre distance gives enough space to prevent you from potentially breathing in any tiny droplets released by a person’s cough or sneeze. However, it can be very challenging to achieve this goal within our recreational facilities, events and activities.

“Naicam Town Council has decided to close the SportsPlex in order to do our part to help curb the spread of Covid19. Towns across the province are limiting access to public spaces and we are following the advice of public health officials,” says Mayor Rodger Hayward. “I ask all residents to follow the advice of our public health officials and if you feel sick to self-isolate for 14 days to help prevent the spread of the virus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but keep in mind that is for the health and safety of all of our residents.”

Council will be holding a special meeting on March 17, 2020 at 12:15 pm to review COVID-19 and any further preventative measures that should be taken by the Town in regard to other facilities. The Town of Naicam is a community of approximately 661 people in East Central Saskatchewan approximately 224 kilometers north of Regina and 50 km south of Melfort.