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What to do with the kids in Moncton this weekend (March 13-15)

Welcome to the first post-March Break, post-COVID 19 in the Maritimes weekend, folks. As always, we remind you that this round up is created mid-week & that you should click through to our source links to confirm any details before heading out. This will be much more important going forward for the next little bit, as society’s response to COVID 19 is changing by the minute, as more information because available to us all.

Please, don’t panic but please, do take this seriously. Be prepared, not scared. Ensure your news is coming from reliable, non-sensationalized sources; there is a lot of media that dresses itself up as news when it’s not. A lot of people will be sharing information from professionals and other jurisdictions; that doesn’t mean it’s accurate or applicable to us or even still what that professional believes days and weeks further into this situation. Know the symptoms and the self-isolation guidelines.

Canada’s Public Health Site:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

New Brunswick government’s site:
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

Practically, if someone in your family relies on a regular prescription, let’s make sure that’s filled for awhile. Grab some fever medicine while you’re there – but a reasonable amount. Stock up (not stockpile) on some food basics (in our house that cans of Zoodles!) and maybe prep & stock some freezer meals if you have the time & space. If you have little ones in the house, plan ahead for some extra diapers, wipes, formula, etc. Work on hand-washing techniques, maintaining social space (imagine there’s a little bubble around you & everyone else & you don’t’ want to bump into each other & break the bubble), have a work-from-home plan in case you need to stay home, and when in doubt about symptoms or next steps, call 811 (or the yet-to-be-announced 1-800 line the province is setting up) before heading to a clinic or asking on Facebook.

UPDATE: This round up was created before the province recommended limiting large gatherings. Since then, most of the events we originally shared have cancelled or postponed. We are removing all original events to avoid confusion and leaving these links to health resources and some of our other content you might find useful.

A few links we thought you might want to have handy these days …

COVID-19 & kids FAQ from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

COVID-19 & Pregnancy FAQ from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding FAQ from the CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-guidance-breastfeeding.html

COVID-19 updates for New Brunswick
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

COVID-19 information from Public Health Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Talking to young children about COVID-19
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus

CBC Kids News COVID-19 stories
https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/site/search_results/?q=Coronavirus

If you need some at-home activities, we have lots of crafts here on Pickle Planet!

Did you LOVE our cover photo this weekend? Shout out to the talented Jessica at J Colpitts Photography for sharing this image with us. If you want sweet, smart photos of your family life captured forever, you should send her a note. She’s available for local work!

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