For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 –Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada;
As of March 14th, 2020 the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Freemasons, George A. Grant, for the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia has suspended all provincial Lodge meetings and Masonic community events and activities until further notice, resultant of the threat of Coronavirus, COVID-19. This decision is being made as a preventative measure as many of our members are over the age of 65 years, making them more easily susceptible to contracting this virus and facing more severe symptoms. This proactive response will align with the strategies employed by the Department of Health in an effort to reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.
There are thousands of Freemasons across the province and Lodges meet regularly during the week and on weekends, participating in community charitable activities. Masonic Lodges help in a number of ways in communities around the province through public fundraising events and other activities.
“Given the age of some of our members, it is prudent that we support the current health strategies and take this action now.” Says Grand Master George A. Grant. “Health authorities have said that social distancing can play a key role in preventing the spread of COVID-19”, he continued.
The Grand Lodge will advise the public and its members when the suspension will be lifted. Grand Lodge is not estimating when this will happen and will consult with public health authorities at a later date.
About the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia
The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia was founded in 1738 in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. It is the governing body for all chartered Masonic Lodges in the province. One of the most famous Freemasons in Nova Scotia was Alexander Keith. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world and still thrives to this day. Freemasonry is not a religious institution nor a charitable organisation, although the Order does conduct charitable activities. There are women active in the Craft through the Order of the Eastern Star. There are over 85 active Lodges in the province. The Grand Lodge is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
To arrange an interview with the Grand Master please contact;
Giles Crouch - Chair, Public Relations Committee, Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, A.F. & A.M.