By Laura Keil

Halloween and Remembrance Day are just around the corner and both will look very different this year.

Village of McBride Deputy Mayor Lucille Green says children and accompanying parents who choose to go trick or treating are encouraged to follow social distancing and mask protocols as recommended by Dr. Bonnie Henry. Green advises that households uncomfortable handing out goodies should shut off their front door or porch lights for the evening.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 limitations, the McBride Volunteer Firefighters won’t be permitted to provide the annual fireworks show on October 31st and there won’t be a Remembrance Day parade or ceremony at the cenotaph on November 11th.

The McBride Legion will still be placing wreaths at the cenotaph, which can be ordered from the Legion. It has also been suggested that community members can show respect for our fallen soldiers and veterans by stepping out of their front doors at 11am for a quiet two minutes. McBride Council has ordered a

Remembrance Day flag to fly by the Village office during the week leading up to Remembrance Day.

“Even with Covid-19 restrictions in place, the McBride Council believes that given the optimism and versatility of our citizens, new, safe routines will be developed so everyone can participate in a healthy, safe Halloween and Remembrance Day this season,” a statement from Green reads