COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — The 2020 holiday season will be less bright — and possibly less merry — around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam.
The Lights at Lafarge will not be lit from November to January after Coquitlam council agreed to halt the free outdoor holiday display at Town Centre Park this year to comply with COVID-19 restrictions around large gatherings.
B.C. set a three-day record on Monday with 817 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, while Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a new order limiting the number of guests inside private homes.
Coquitlam has officially cancelled the 2020 Lights at Lafarge display to comply with provincial COVID-19 health orders and help ensure the safety of the community.
— City of Coquitlam (@cityofcoquitlam) October 26, 2020
“The city made the difficult decision to cancel the popular annual light display at Town Centre Park this year based on the continuing provincial health officer’s ban on gatherings and events,” says a city release.
“Lights at Lafarge is one of Coquitlam’s premier events, and the decision to cancel it for 2020 was not made lightly. This decision followed several weeks of consideration of operational challenges and potential costs, as well as possible options to safely hold the event in another manner.”
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The event, which started in 2011 and features lights and festive installations along the 1.2-kilometre route around Lafarge Lake, has attracted up to 10,000 people a day in previous years.
While there will be no light displays, events or activities, some modest seasonal lighting will be added to Town Centre Park.
The city plans to bring back Lights at Lafarge in 2021.
Council also voted to cancel the Remembrance Day service at the Blue Mountain Park cenotaph, which typically draws more than 1,000 people on Nov. 11 each year.