Canada Day will be a virtual celebration in Barrie

Traditional Canada Day festivities cancelled due to COVID-19

There will be Canada Day celebrations in Barrie on July 1 which residents can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.

Traditional festivities are being scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic and replaced with a virtual celebration.

“At the advice of the Health Unit, the City’s Emergency 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.”

Canada Day festivities and fireworks have traditionally attracted up to 40,000 people to Barrie’s downtown and waterfront. As of now, the Emergency Order remains in place which prevents gatherings of more than five people and even if it was lifted for Canada Day, this type of event creates challenges for attendees to maintain a two metre distance from each other. The decision to cancel now means 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 when they become available.