Halifax’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

The St. Patrick’s Day parade that was scheduled to be held on Sunday has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society announced the cancellation in a release on its website Thursday afternoon.

“We feel it is in the best interest of public health and safety to do so,” the society stated. “We know that this is disappointing news for many but hope everyone can understand the importance of taking extra precautions at this time.”

The parade was supposed to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. The society says the flag-raising scheduled for Friday has been cancelled, as well.

“Although many of us won’t be together this St. Patrick’s Day week in Halifax, we hope you still find time and creative ways to celebrate and recognize St. Patrick’s Day and the wonderful country of Ireland,” the society continued.

“And of course, we will all meet again in 2021.”

There have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but the province’s health authority expects cases will come as more are confirmed across Canada.

Dr. Todd Hatchette, chief of microbiology for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said Thursday he expects the number of cases to increase after students return from March break.

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