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Prince George 2020 Celebrate Canada Day festival cancelled due to COVID-19

First time in almost 45 years the annual event gets axed

Prince George has suffered another event's loss due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2020 "Celebrate Canada In The Park" has been cancelled. 

The festivities have been taking place at Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park and are organized by the Multicultural Heritage Society of Prince George (MHSPG) for the past 45 years.

"This festival is a community event which involves hundreds of people and organizations," a statement reads.

"It takes months of planning in order to stage such a large Birthday Party.

"Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer and Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer have both reminded us that large scale public events will not be held. Everyone must comply with the social distancing requirements until further notice to control the spread of COVID-19."

The statement adds the MHSPG Board of Directors have been monitoring COVID-19 and the unfolding situation for two months

The timeline does not allow them to wait any longer, they say. 

"We regret to inform our funders, supporters, entertainers, community groups, concessions, volunteers and our potential audiences."

The last time Canada Day festivities were cancelled was in 1976 due to cuts in government spending.