Posted: June 23, 2020
Changes to Canada Day Festivities in Tofino During COVID-19
TOFINO, B.C. - The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that people all over the world are creating new ways of celebrating and marking life’s milestones. Canada Day in Tofino is no exception, and will look different than it has in the past.
To comply with public health orders against large group gatherings of 50 or more people, community traditions like the Tuff City Skate Competition, Tofino Public Market, and the open-air concert coordinated by the Pacific Rim Arts Society, are all on hiatus. In addition, due to the potential for crowding, there will be no firework display in the Tofino Harbour.
While the playgrounds, game courts, Tuff City Skate Park and the Village Green remain open, users are advised to practice safe social distancing and wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently. We look forward to hosting events and celebrating together in person in 2021.
“We’re very disappointed that we can’t gather in person to participate in Tofino’s Canada Day Skate Competition, fireworks and giant cake cutting, all of which are a tradition for many families and visitors,” said Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne. “The Provincial Health Officer is clear that the Provincial Order banning mass gatherings over 50 people will not be lifted anytime soon.”
“I’d like to thank the staff, volunteers, and artists who are typically so hard at work this time of year putting on the events we all know and love, and acknowledge their commitment to bringing us together again in the future. Tofino should take pride in how we are handling the pandemic and slowing the spread of COVID-19. We are getting through this together, and I know we can all find meaningful ways to celebrate Canada Day safely within our ‘bubbles’ this year.”
The Province of British Columbia remains in a State of Emergency due to the contagious nature of COVID-19. The District of Tofino’s Emergency Operations Centre is closely monitoring any changes in the situation and recommendations from public health officials, and will continue to communicate to the community-at-large via social media channels, radio and www.tofino.ca/covid-19.
Manager of Community Sustainability
District of Tofino
(T) 250 725 3229