Canada Day festivities in Barrie to go virtual this July 1

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Canada Day in Barrie is going ahead, but just not the way residents have experienced in the past.
The City of Barrie will present a virtual Canada Day this July 1 so that residents can enjoy programming from the safety of their own homes.
“At the advice of the Health Unit, the City’s Emergency Operation Control Group has made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional Canada Day festivities,” said Michael Prowse, CAO.
“We know this event is one that many look forward to, but the health of our citizens comes first. Our staff are working hard to provide residents with a way to still celebrate our great country online instead of in-person.”
Each year, the Canada Day festivities and fireworks draws crowds of up to 40,000 people to Barrie’s downtown and waterfront. At this time, the Emergency Order is still in place which prevents gatherings of more than five people and even if it was lifted in time for Canada Day, this type of event creates a challenge for attendees to maintain a two metre distance from each other. Cancelling now, the City avoids issuing refunds or paying penalties to vendors.
City staff are currently planning the virtual Canada Day programming. More details will be shared, once they are available.