Aldergrove legion branch #265 will no longer host weekly gatherings – in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic – it closed its doors to the public on March 18. (Submitted photo)

Aldergrove legion branch #265 will no longer host weekly gatherings – in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic – it closed its doors to the public on March 18. (Submitted photo)

UPDATED: Aldergrove legion closes its doors due to COVID-19

The branch had hosted small-scale events up until March 16

“Until further notice,” the Royal Canadian Legion #265 branch in Aldergrove has officially closed, with direction from Canada’s Public Health Agency.

Secretary manager, Madeline Roach, told the Aldergrove Star last week that the branch is adhering to provincial COVID-19 guidelines, and kept its events at less than 50 people.

Legion volunteers also conducted extra cleaning measures and hand sanitizer stations are available for those who attended, she said.

READ MORE: Province bans large gatherings in B.C.

The number of people who showed up for legion events this week is about the same as usual, Roach confirmed.

The legion branch in Aldergrove – which services more than 450 people in the area – continued to host events up until March 16.

This included its annual St. Patrick’s Day party on Sunday, which saw rock and blues band Rhythm Street perform until 8:30 p.m.

Legion members have to be 18 years of age or older, according to Canadian club guidelines. 140 of the Aldergrove legion’s members are either veterans, former or current RCMP, and first responders.

The branch is located at 26607 Fraser Hwy.

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