The COVID-19 pandemic has made event planning a challenge for even what seems like the safest events.
The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce’s planned Tour of Lights event, which would see cars pass by displays made by local trucking and industrial companies, has been cancelled.
Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, noted during her Nov. 23 update that events across the province are not allowed, aside from events like funerals and weddings, which are heavily restricted. That includes outdoor events like the chamber’s planned Deck the Big Rigs Tour of Lights.
“I know this [order] has meant delaying the opening of some very great and well-thought-out seasonal events … that had previously been approved,” Henry said during her Nov. 23 update. “We need to monitor what we are doing right now and reduce the potential for social interactions.”
The chamber said it hopes to re-schedule the event when health orders relax. Henry called for B.C. to go into a ‘circuit break’ to stop COVID-19’s spread.
“For these next two weeks in this province, all of us need to stop these events and pause so that we can get control of this virus,” she said.
The chamber thanked the companies that had signed up to display at the now-cancelled event, including Keis Trucking, Colin Lawson from Timber Services, Cariboo Peat and Gravel, OTH Enterprises, J.A.R. Transportation, Cariboo River Transport, Crystal Glass, All West Crane, Active Rental, Kenworth, Artique Dairy, All West Glass, Babcon Industries, Lil’ Red Pony Feed and Supplies, Brush and Roll, Fehr Ranch, Quesnel Tree Removal, Quesnel Fire Department, Quesnel Sand and Gravel, Jessie Bowden and Green River Gold.
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