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Surrey RCMP urging Vaisakhi celebrants to follow public health orders this weekend

Last Updated Apr 17, 2021 at 11:37 am PDT

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There are no large-scale gatherings planned for Vaisakhi this weekend but many people are still going to celebrate

Surrey RCMP are reminding people to make sure they're following public health orders

They'll be handing out tickets to anyone -- or any group -- that doesn't comply

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — If you’re celebrating Vaisakhi this weekend, Surrey Mounties are urging you to follow public health orders.

For the second year in a row, the Vaisakhi parade in Newton has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

The police department’s COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team will step up patrols across Surrey which continues to be the B.C.’s city hardest-hit city by COVID-19.

“This is a challenging time for the community and we understand that with the nice weather, it may be tempting to gather in large groups to celebrate,” says Inspector Harm Dosange in a statement. “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of following the Public Health Orders to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Typically the Vaisakhi parade draws crowds up to 500,000 people into Surrey’s streets.

The parade, which was scheduled for April 24, marks the creation of the Khalsa, which is one of the most significant days in the Sikh calendar.