West Vancouver cancels all summer programs and festivals

Apr 15, 2020

The District of West Vancouver is cancelling all summer programs, events and rentals offered by the Parks, Culture & Community Services division. This includes the annual Canada Day celebration on July 1, and the Harmony Arts Festival, normally held the first 10 days in August.

The public facilities that housed summer programs were closed March 15 due to COVID-19. Canada Day and Harmony Arts Festival are both large public gatherings, which are currently banned. These cancellation decisions were made because it is not known when it will be safe to resume normal activities. The cancellations are in effect until August 31, 2020.

 “We know this will be disappointing news to many, both inside and outside our community. It’s difficult to imagine a summer in West Vancouver without Harmony Arts,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth. “While we can’t predict when it will be safe to re-open, we carefully studied the current available data before making this difficult decision.   If we try to resume normal activities too soon, the length of this period of curtailed activities could be extended.”

On April 20, Council will consider a revised budget that takes into account the revenues and expenses not realized as a result of the cancellations.

Summer program registrants and rental groups will automatically receive refunds, which may take up to four weeks to be processed.

For updates on closures and cancellations related to COVID-19, please visit westvancouver.ca/covid.

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