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Coronavirus: Canada Day celebration in Wascana Park cancelled

The Lieutenant Governor’s Canada Day Celebration at Government House in Regina has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Canada Day Celebration at Government House in Regina has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

All Canada Day celebrations in Regina’s Wascana Park have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canada Day events that had been scheduled for July 1 have been cancelled within the park include the Western Canada’s Strongest Man competition, the Canada Day fun run and walk, live events and the fireworks.

The committee organizing the festivities event made the announcement on Facebook, Thursday. The decision to cancel the event was also in consultation with the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) which oversees the park.

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The PCC previously said a decision to cancel the July 1 celebrations in Wascana Park would be made in June. However, the announcement came earlier than expected.

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Another major Canada Day event in Regina has previously been cancelled.

On Tuesday, it was announced the Lieutenant Governor’s Canada Day Celebration at the Government House won’t be happening.

The decision was made in order to support physical distancing measures.

“Although we will not be gathering to celebrate Canada Day, I am prouder than ever of our country and the way we have pulled together through this time of crisis,” Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty said.

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The event has been hosted by the lieutenant governor for the past 12 years and attracts more than 4,000 people each year.

Regina welcomes 30 new Canadians during Canada Day celebrations
Regina welcomes 30 new Canadians during Canada Day celebrations

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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