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Canada Day is just around the corner and many in Osoyoos and the surrounding towns are wondering what will happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The town of Osoyoos is offering a virtual Canada Day celebration after making the tough choice to cancel the usual fireworks and Cherry Feista to abide by provincial health guidelines.
The virtual celebration includes an online video produced by the Osoyoos Festival Society. The video features Mayor Sue McKortoff, footage of past Canada Day celebrations and a rendition of the national anthem sung by Osoyoos Festival Society member Sue Dodd.
McKortoff said in an emailed statement that she is encouraging people to decorate their homes and celebrate the holiday with friends and neighbours this year.
Flags will also be distributed like usual by the Osoyoos Festival Society to motels and campgrounds.
Town officials and the Osoyoos Festival Society are encouraging people to celebrate small this year, to keep everyone in the community safe. That includes small gatherings, social distancing and frequent hand washing.
The Osoyoos Festival Society hopes to be back next year with the usual fireworks and Canada Day celebrations.
The Osoyoos Festival Society could not be reached for comment before publication.
You can view the virtual video celebration here.