Surrey RCMP urge the public to plan alternate routes due to a number of road closures taking place this weekend due to festivities surrounding Vaisakhi.
A total of 57 intersections will be closed all day Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the following areas will be blocked from vehicle traffic: 88th Avenue to 72nd Avenue (north and south) and 123rd Street to 132nd Street (east and west).
Vaisakhi is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar and is a time to celebrate the diversity of our community and generous spirit of Surrey's South Asian community. The Surrey RCMP traditionally spends significant time at large events reuniting worried parents with their children who have become disorientated by the crowds and separated from their parents. Parents attending this weekend's Vaisakhi events should take it upon themselves to have conversations with their children about what to do if they become separated, police say.
The RCMP has provided these tips for parents:
- Familiarize your children with their surroundings and have a designated meeting place pre-planned in case you get separated.
- Point out the nearest emergency services personnel (police, fire, ambulance) and security guards and advise your child to seek out these people if they become separated.
- Ensure your child has some form of identification on them and equip them with your contact information.
- Snap a photo of your child before the event on your camera or phone so that you have a current photo of what they are wearing in case you need to describe them to authorities.
- Keep your child within eyesight at all times.
Members of the public should also be aware that the City of Surrey restricts the use of any type or class of fireworks year round, including Vaisakhi, to only those that possess a valid Federal Fireworks Supervisors Certificate and a valid permit from the Surrey Fire Service. Individuals under the age of eighteen who are caught in possession of fireworks may be susceptible to a $250 fine.
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