Surrey’s annual Vaisakhi parade cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns

A person of Metro Vancouver’s largest once-a-year cultural celebrations has been cancelled because of to health and fitness issues about COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.

The organizers of the once-a-year Surrey Vaisakhi Khalsa Parade, Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, issued a assertion currently (March twelve) that this year’s parade scheduled for April twenty five in Surrey has resolved to terminate the function “until even further recognize or a substantial alter in the transmission of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic”.

The organizers stated that the “difficult decision” was built immediately after a number of times of consultations with regional and provincial health and fitness officials, including the Fraser Wellbeing Authority, the B.C. Centre for Condition Handle, and the B.C. Provincial Ministry of Wellbeing, and discussions with other Vaisakhi situations all over the environment.

The cancellation determination arrived 1 day immediately after the Planet Wellbeing Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March eleven.

The Surrey function, which is between the largest Vaisakhi parades in the environment, attracts around five hundred,000 attendees to rejoice 1 of the most substantial times in the Sikh calendar, which honours the founding of the Khalsa in 1699.