One of the city’s most popular events is having to pull back from plans for a carefully-conceived Covid-era return next month as a result of the present state of the virus in the region.
The Rotary Book Sale, previously scheduled for September 10-12 at Brandon’s Victoria Inn, has been postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Brandon and the Prairie Mountain Health region.
The Rotary Club of Brandon had announced earlier this month plans for a “Healthy Book Sale,” with planned measures including requiring the use of masks and expanding space to allow for further social distancing. Since that time Brandon has become a focal point in the province for the virus, rising to an active case count of 88 as of Wednesday including a portion of cases seen by provincial officials as community transmission of the virus.
The Spring 2020 version of the sale, which is known for its large crowds, had also been postponed in the early days of the pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday the club expressed regret in having to delay the sale into 2021, adding that it “cannot consider holding the event in this environment of the accelerated, growing COVID 19 outbreaks.”
The sale’s trademark yellow collection boxes will remain at locations throughout the city until October 15th, to be re-introduced on February 1, 2021. A rescheduled spring sale of April 1, 2 and 3, 2021 is then planned.
The cancellation joins Friday's announcement that another popular community event, the Westman Multicultural Festival, had cancelled its planned 2021 event.