Saturday November 21, 2020 | LANGFORD, BC
by Mary P Brooke, editor | Island Social Trends
A suite of small, safe outdoor Langford Christmas-season events can still proceed within the new tighter restrictions on gatherings and travel during November 23 through December 7 that Dr Bonnie Henry announced on Thursday.
The key thing is that people take part in these local Langford activities only with their family household bubble, the City stated yesterday November 20.
“We have been in discussions with Island Health to review our approach and they are supportive of our plans,” it was explained by the City of Langford in a statement.
- Carriage tours will still go ahead as planned however everyone in the carriage MUST be in the same household bubble. Guests are also required to wear a mask. Everyone with a booking has been called to let them know all is okay. If anyone needs to cancel that will be taken care of.
- Craft afternoons for the first two weeks of programming will be pivoted to online. Island Health has been working with The Good Party (the coordinator of this event) and has approved materials to be picked up at a designated time; participants will then take home the materials and use the online instructional video. All of the details are online and those who have registered have already been updated. If the COVID gathering order is extended beyond the present December 7 expiry, then those two weeks will continue as an online phase as well for this activity.
- Instagram walls/activations are not considered an event as they are 24/7 so these are going ahead as planned. That includes Christmas in the Village at Bear Mountain and the Mistletoe Walk at Belmont Market.
- Public ice skating is still allowed (being monitored with the Management team at City Centre Park). Ice carving will still happen as part of the public skating experience but only open for viewing to people who are creating the carvings as background to the skating experience. Skaters must stay on the ice rink surface. Completed ice carvings will be on view in a strategic area to keep them cold and to not cause congregation of people.
All of the carefully planned holiday-season events are posted on the City of Langford’s website where they promote local businesses, in a special Christmas section at https://iamlangford.com/christmas .
Other events of the holiday season around the Greater Victoria area are posted on the Island Social Trends events page.