The North Bay Pride board of directors has decided to move any events from the summer back to the fall.
“The board feels at this time it is better to postpone any events like we did last year in hopes that COVID will be better managed. Many things are incredibly challenging, and we need to ensure our community stays safe as possible at all times, said”Jocelyn Green, CEO of North Bay Pride in a news release.
“It would be dangerous and irresponsible for any organization to invite people to physically attend a public event such as flag raising, concert, drag shows, and so forth, " added Jason Maclennan, Director of Communications.
"Pride is not just June or one day, it is 365 days per year for our community. To have a flag ceremony or event, can happen when we say it will happen. We want to ensure our events are done safely and with our entire community in mind."
Maclennan says the government "has no idea what they are doing and every time they send out messaging, it is confusing and full of contradictions."
"I am personally not willing to put anyone at risk. Our hope is that by September, vaccines will be mostly done, and we will be able to have some type of in-person event safely. No matter the outcome, North Bay Pride will deliver like we always do because it is ensuring that our community has every opportunity to thrive.”