A large crowd gathered in Rutledge Park for a past Music in the Park event. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich squashes summer events including annual Strawberry Festival, music in the park

District cancels all events that draw large crowds

Many of Saanich’s popular summer events won’t take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The District cancelled this year’s Strawberry Festival which was set to take place on July 12 and the Music in the Park events that take place throughout the summer in various parks, as it’s unclear if they could safely take place, said Mayor Fred Haynes.

READ ALSO: Saanich dishes out Strawberry Festival Sunday

The District is monitoring the safety guidelines and orders coming from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry – including not hosting gatherings of more than 50 people, said Saanich Emergency Operations Centre information officer Kelsie McLeod. This means annual summer events enjoyed by residents – including the Gorge Canada Day Picnic presented by the Gorge Tillicum Community Association – have been cancelled as they draw large crowds.

READ ALSO: COVID-19 washes out Gorge Canada Day Picnic

Haynes explained that for now, “there’s nothing planned by Saanich for the rest of the summer.”

While District staff are disappointed about having to cancel the popular events, McLeod said safety is the top priority. She added that Saanich is looking for ways to modify some future events so they can safely go forward. “We thank the public for their understanding and look forward to resuming larger gatherings when it is safe to do so,” she said.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

CoronavirusDistrict of Saanich

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

Non-venomous ball python missing in Vic West

Snake was reported missing to Victoria police Tuesday morning

Multiple Victoria officers injured during violent incidents, including mental health calls over long weekend

Police deploy pepper spray, conducted energy weapon while arresting suspect

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Most Read