Last weekend the 41st annual Red Deer Home Show was held at Westerner Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Last weekend the 41st annual Red Deer Home Show was held at Westerner Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)

UPDATED: Event postponements in Red Deer

Weekend events shut down

One event after another was cancelled Friday because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

Westerner Park has postponed all events that would attract over 250 people.

So far, those events include the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show to be held Friday to Sunday; Red Deer Hospice’s A Night at the Races Gala on Saturday; the Red Deer Spring Collector Car Auction and Speed Show, Friday to Sunday; and Red Deer Rebel hockey games.

Westerner Park says it fully supports Alberta Health Services’ decision to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and its recommendation to cancel all large gatherings of 250 people.

The organization said it will continue to follow the direction from AHS to protect the health and safety of everyone.

“As a community-minded, non-profit organization, our community, guests, staff and volunteers are of the utmost important to us,” Westerner Park said in a statement.

“We will remain in contact with Alberta Health Services and the City of Red Deer to provide accurate updates on the status of COVID-19 and events taking place in the immediate future at Westerner Park.”

Two shows at Red Deer Memorial Centre have been postponed: Snowed In Comedy Tour, which was scheduled for Friday, and the Fred Penner 40th Anniversary Tour on Sunday.

Red Deer College says it continues to monitor the coronavirus situation as it evolves. Other post-secondary institutions in Alberta have switched to delivering classes online.

Red Deer County had planned a grand opening of the Family Resource Centre in Springbrook on Saturday. On Friday morning, the county announced it was cancelling the event.

“There is no need for panic at this time, but we are following guidelines regarding large gatherings of people that were recommended by the provincial government and Alberta Health Services,” said County Mayor Jim Wood.

“We encourage people to take proper precautions and stay aware as the situation progresses.”



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