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UPDATED: More Ferndale area cancellations & closures due to COVID-19 concerns

FERNDALE, Wash. — More event organizers and agencies have taken the steps of canceling or closing facilities in order to minimize the opportunity for spreading the COVID-19 virus among their guests.

My Ferndale News reported on some initial reports of closures last week.

  • Pancake breakfast at Church Road Station
    Whatcom County Fire District 7
    March 14th
  • CPR training at Washington Street Station
    Whatcom County Fire District 7
    March 14th
  • St Patrick’s Day Dinner
    Ferndale Senior Activity Center
    March 17th
  • Monthly pancake breakfast
    Ferndale Senior Activity Center
    March 21st
  • Ferndale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
    City of Ferndale
    March 28th

There are a few more closures and cancellations to add to the list this week. They include:

  • All Public Library branch programs, events, meeting room bookings, and outreach activities but the branch will be open
    Ferndale Public Library
    During March
  • Ferndale Senior Activity Center
    All programs and events cancelled and the facility is closed until further notice
  • Ferndale Visitor Center
    located at the Ferndale Pavilion Community Center
    Closed until further notice with brochures available in the vestibule
  • Lions Club Tribute to Elvis, Roy, Patsy and the Oldies
    United Church of Ferndale
    March 13th – ticket holders will be refunded
  • Ferndale Community Meal
    United Church of Ferndale
    March 14th
  • Ferndale Chamber Member Luncheon Meeting
    Bellingham Holiday Inn & Suites
    March 18th
  • Potluck Social
    American Legion Post 154
    March 18th
  • Pancake breakfast
    Ferndale American Legion Post 154
    March 28th
  • Here Comes the Bride Northwest Wedding Showcase
    Ferndale Event Center
    April 4th – has been rescheduled for May 2nd
  • Ferndale Police Department SCOPE Officer program 
    City of Ferndale
    Vacation checks and event services are temporarily suspended

The Whatcom County Health Department has issued the following guidance for events and community gatherings:

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We are recommending cancellation or postponement of non-essential large public gatherings. If you can avoid bringing large groups of people together (groups of 10-50 or more), we recommend postponing or canceling events and gatherings. Some examples of non-essential events include social events, concerts or other arts events, conventions, or sporting events.

The larger the group, the higher the risk of spreading illness. And the closer the contact to others, the higher the risk of spreading illness.

Organizers need to balance the risks to public health against the benefits of, or need for, a gathering.

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If you can’t avoid bringing groups of people together:

* Urge anyone who is sick not to attend.
* Encourage those who are at higher risk for coronavirus not to attend.
* Try to find ways to give people more physical space so that they aren’t in close contact, as much as possible. Ideally, that would mean a distance of six feet from one person to the next.
* Encourage attendees to maintain good hygiene habits, such as frequent hand washing.
* Clean surfaces with regular household cleaners.

Contact MFN if your organization has canceled a community event this month and we will add it to the list.


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