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'Hugs over masks' event not happening in Langley, says school district

Last Updated Aug 5, 2020 at 1:43 pm PDT

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, a mask lies on a lawn in Willowbrook, Ill. On Friday, June 26, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. There’s no evidence that normal use of face masks can cause fungal or bacterial infections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Langley School District is clarifying an event promoting hugs over masks won't be held at one of its sites

A 'Hugs Over Masks' event is scheduled for Sunday at Surrey's Holland Park

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — An event promoting hugs, instead of wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, will not be held at Langley’s Douglas Park Community School, at least according to the school district.

Many people were expressing shock and disbelief on social media when the post for the “Hugs Over Masks” event made the rounds earlier this week.

The ad promised “music, potluck, a mask-free zone,” and said, “hugs encouraged.”

In a tweet, Langley School District says it doesn’t have any record of its school site renting to that group or any groups.

“All facilities rentals in our district follow a process. The school and district are not connected to the event or the group responsible for organizing it,” the district says.

But that might not be the end of it.

While there isn’t a Langley event posted on the “Hugs over Masks” website, there is one planned for Surrey’s Holland Park on Sunday.

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Health officials have repeatedly stressed the importance of physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and wearing a mask when that’s not possible.

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While Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has not gone as far as to make masks mandatory, she has explained they are an added layer of protection during the pandemic. 

Henry has also noted there is still some risk of the virus spreading in outdoor settings.

-With files from Marcella Bernardo