2020 City of Wetaskiwin Events Cancelled; alternative celebrations being considered
Wetaskiwin City Council directed Administration to officially cancel the City-led events scheduled this year at their regular April 27, 2020 Council meeting. The events affected by this decision include:
- Earth Day celebration
- Official Canada Day events (alternate celebrations and activities planned. Visit the page HERE)
- Taste of Wetaskiwin
- City Open House
- Summer camps and programming
“In light of the ongoing public health orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has decided to cancel all City-led events until further notice,” said Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam. “While Canada Day as we know it has been cancelled, I have challenged each member of Council with bringing forward creative ideas to safely celebrate Canada Day in our community and will share the details once I have them.”
Most of Alberta’s high-profile summer events have already been cancelled or postponed, following the advice of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
“To be clear, the orders in place prohibit gatherings of more than 15 people. They also require people gathered in groups of fewer than 15 to maintain a distance of two metres from one another,” Hinshaw said. “I know summer festivals and events are incredibly important for many people. They provide fun and entertainment in every part of this province, and many people depend on them for livelihood. But we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have seen that festivals and large gatherings hold the potential to be super-spreader events.”
Stay updated on the City of Wetaskiwin’s COVID-19 response at www.wetaskiwin.ca/covid19.