COVID-19 shuts down Tralapa Festival

Unity News

While the Saskatchewan reopening plan has begun, we are still not sure if it can be sustained or be successful. The most important factor becomes the people. If we can’t or won’t adhere to safety guidelines, we could be right back where we started from. We all are enduring cabin fever and the warm weather has us yearning for normal more than ever, however if we want to continue to be the province that prevails, we need to all work at this together. This province’s people are the D-line needed to protect our star players in the hospitals and other areas of health care as well as our senior and immune compromised population.

Unity museum has reported they lost some revenue when their Sunday brunches were cut short due to COVID-19. They were thankful for a recent donation from the Lions Chase the Ace event, and they are hopeful some grant applications will result in additional funds. They have a tightened spending schedule, but will still be painting Adanac Church, with almost enough funds in place to cover this project. Staff hope to conduct tours as long as COVID-19 restrictions allow. If the museum does open, visits will be by appointment only.

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Unity Minor ball president says the organization is following government guidelines and awaiting guidance from provincial bodies of Baseball Sask. and Softball Sask. Unity was awarded U16 and U14 BW provincials. At this point, UMB is waiting to see when dates get announced for Phase 4 of reopening.

Did you know that 50 years ago, the Unity Cardinals were excited to announce they had signed two imports from California? They were Rob Kleinholz, a 19 year-old left-hander pitcher, and catcher Doug Wilkinson.

It is "no" to all garage sales, at least until provincial rules include this activity in the reopening plan says the mayor of Unity. Residents will have to store their goods just a little longer.

The optimism for the fifth annual Tralapa Festival became less apparent as COVID-19 continued to wreak havoc on events across the province and the country. Sadly, after an April 30 meeting by the park rangers who organize this event, the decision was made to postpone until 2021. For further details on ticket packages already purchased or other clarification, people are encouraged to check out their Facebook page.

The Unity Farmers Market will not be operating this year.

Unity Golf Club has posted their list of protocols, guidelines and instructions on their Facebook page, as well as in the local newspaper. Physical distancing must be observed at all times, with a minimum of two metres between individuals. Players exhibiting signs of illness will not be permitted to play. All players must have a tee time, no walk-on players will be permitted and payment must be made in advance by telephone or online. Cash cannot be accepted. Tee times must be a minimum of 20 minutes apart to avoid congestion on the course. Flags must remain in place and cups elevated so the ball does not drop into the hole. Play is concluded when the ball makes contact with the cup. Walking is encouraged. There is a limit of one person per golf cart, unless the occupants reside in the same household. If rental golf carts are used, they must be fully sanitized between uses. Washrooms at the clubhouse will be sanitized regularly, with only one individual allowed at a time. Locker rooms must be closed. Players can change footwear in the parking lot.

With some businesses and services allowed to reopen, please remember to respect the protocols put in place.

Fire risk remains high. Use caution, everyone.

Here’s hoping this finds you all safe, healthy and socially distanced. Until next week ...


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