Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum was to be the guest speaker at South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce’ Campbell Heights Business Growth and Opportunities event. Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the event is to be rescheduled. (File photo)

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum was to be the guest speaker at South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce’ Campbell Heights Business Growth and Opportunities event. Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the event is to be rescheduled. (File photo)

UPDATE: COVID-19 concerns chamber to reschedule South Surrey business event

March 10 event was set to be held at Starline Windows in Campbell Heights

Concerns around COVID-19 have prompted the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce to reschedule its Campbell Heights Business Growth and Opportunities event.

The March 10 presentation was set to be held at Starline Windows – a Business of the Year Award winner at the chamber’s 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards – and feature Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, however, a message advising of a plan to change the venue was emailed Monday morning to those who had signed up.

“Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, there will be a venue change,” the email states. “We are in the process of finalizing the details and will send another email before end of day today.”

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According to an invite to the March 10 chamber event, McCallum was to speak about “the future and potential of the Campbell Heights area.” Following that, a bus tour was to take attendees around the area and nearby border crossing for a behind-the-scenes look at some local businesses.

Monday afternoon, chamber executive director Ritu Khanna told Peace Arch News that while a new location had been found, a decision to reschedule the event entirely was made.

She emphasized that it was not a result of any COVID-19 cases at Starline.

“It’s just that right now, there’s a concern of people gathering in groups,” Khanna said. “It’s just to keep people safe.”

The city also “strongly recommended” the move, and Starline officials agreed, she added.

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