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Major events on Lower Mainland cancelled, postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions

Summary

New COVID-19 measures mean many holiday events on the Lower Mainland have either been cancelled or postponed

Stanley Park Bright Nights, Festival of Lights at VanDusen have been postponed amid COVID-19 measures

Vancouver Park Board set to discuss event status on Monday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The latest sweeping health order impacting Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will likely mean some major local holiday events are getting postponed or even cancelled.

Ahead of the weekend, the Vancouver Park Board said it was going to ask for clarity when it comes to Stanley Park Bright Nights and the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Both events would normally get underway this week, but indoor and outdoor community events have been suspended province wide until at least Dec. 7.

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The Vancouver Park Board is set to discuss the matter at the next meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The suspension of events covers, among other gatherings, galas, musical or theatre performances, and seasonal activities.

Another popular event impacted by the new measures includes Surrey’s Bear Creek Christmas train, which organizers have decided will not run this holiday season.

The new measures, announced on Thursday, come amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases across the province.

In addition to restrictions on gatherings, masks are now required in all retail and indoor public places, except for schools.