Bayfest of Port Rowan is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
The Bayfest committee has announced that the 19th annual Labour Day weekend festival has been cancelled. In a post on its website, the committee says complications arising from public health directives have accumulated to the point where this year’s festival is no longer feasible.
“It is disheartening for us, as it is for our community, but we want to keep the safety and health of our community our top priority,” the committee says.
“With no clear outline on when people will be able to gather in groups – let alone large settings such as a community festival – the committee cannot properly plan for an event of this scale.”
The Bayfest committee knew cancellation was inevitable when Norfolk County said it has stopped issuing special-event permits till at least Sept. 7. On May 14, event treasurer Erin Friesen said the committee’s inability to fundraise was also a factor.