People wait for the live entertainment to start at Townsend Park during Chilliwack’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2017. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Canada Day celebrations cancelled in Chilliwack due to COVID-19

City adheres to advice of provincial health officer in banning large summer events

You’ll have to wave your flags and sing O Canada from your living room and porches this year, Chilliwack.

The City of Chilliwack announced on Friday it has cancelled its annual Canada Day celebrations due to COVID-19.

“The full day celebration, typically held on July 1 in Townsend Park, will not proceed this year in order to adhere to the public health orders, and to encourage physical distancing,” the release reads.

They are following the advice of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. On April 18, Henry announced large summer events and parades would not be happening this year.

READ MORE: Summer events, parades, large weddings off the table this summer: Henry

The Canada Day celebration cancellation comes one week after the Chilliwack Fair organizers pulled the plug on this year’s event and decided to switch to a virtual fair instead.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Fair moves to digital arena due to coronavirus

“We continue to follow the directions of Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, in order to keep our residents safe,” Mayor Ken Popove said. “I know this is disappointing for many, and I hope our residents will still find ways to enjoy the holiday safely.”


 

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