People came out in droves to last year’s Moonlight Madness, including at Amy Hughes’ Bound To Be Different store. (File photo)

People came out in droves to last year’s Moonlight Madness, including at Amy Hughes’ Bound To Be Different store. (File photo)

Moonlight Madness stretched over 25 days with alternating specials and giveaways

Change in plans results from new provincial health orders

There’s been a change in plans for Moonlight Madness in Chemainus based on the latest requirements for COVID-19 announced by the provincial health officer.

“The health and wellness of our community and its members is of the utmost importance to us,” noted Krystal Adams, executive director of the Chemainus Business Improvement Association. “Following updated guidelines received by Dr. Bonnie Henry, we have decided to morph Moonlight Madness into something more than just two days of shopping and food. We are happy to announce that we are extending it out into an entire month-long feature celebrating local businesses.

“In Our New ‘Hello Holidays 25 days of Christmas Advent Calendar’, we will have 25 days of alternating business specials, giveaways, spot prizes, product features and goodies for the town.”

The original plan for Moonlight Madness was to run it Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28, an extension from the normal one-day event.

The latest change will ensure it still goes ahead, all the safety protocols are met and local businesses in the community can be supported.

“The dollars spent here for the holidays are so vital to continuing to keep our businesses alive while also ensuring that money is kept within the local economy,” added Adams.

“We are a safe community taking all measures possible in light of the COVID pandemic. We ask that all individuals wear masks while inside any local establishments as per the new ministry guidelines. Please continue to use hand sanitizer and ensure distancing of six feet is being followed in each location.”

It’s so important during this time for residents to do their shopping here to help keep local businesses alive.

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Carollers were on the streets for last year’s Moonlight Madness event. (File photo)

Carollers were on the streets for last year’s Moonlight Madness event. (File photo)