Due to provincial health authority announcements that there will be no festivals, concerts or major events in B.C. this summer, the Penticton Peach Festival has cancelled for 2020.

“Over the course of the past few days, it has become apparent that we have no choice other than to cancel for 2020,” said Peach Festival president Don Kendall.

It is the first time since 1947 that Peach Festival, which brings thousands of visitors to Penticton, will not be held.

“This is a sad time for me, our board, the volunteers, and the entire community. However, the health and safety of our volunteers, spectators, vendors, performers and everyone else involved with the festival is our number one priority.”

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said in a news conference over the weekend that the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will stay in place over the summer. On Monday, she affirmed that she did not believe it was plausible to lift the order on mass gatherings of more than 50 people.

“Right now, we are focused on our community’s health and safety and we look forward to Peach Festival returning in 2021,” said Kendall. “We take this time to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, board members, spectators and performers who have made Peach Festival Penticton’s signature event.”

Peach Festival expects another great line-up for 2021, already scheduled for Aug. 4 to 8.