Province moving to help festivals and events

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The province has announced it is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19.

The Ford government says the funding will be used in part to help maintain public safety requirements and allow events to continue by going online, drive-in or drive-through.

The province notes many event organizers are developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year's Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings. 

Funding may be used for programming and production, promotion, mobile applications and website development, and implementation of health and safety measures.