Dr. Robert Strang, N.S. chief medical officer of health, said he is hopeful ceremonies for proms and graduations will be able to be held with some crowd. (Communications N.S. Photo)

FALL RIVER: Dr. Robert Strang wishes he had a “crystal ball” so he could tell graduates in N.S. the type of ceremonies they can expect in a few months as they take the next step in their lives.

However, as the Chief Medical officer of health said, he doesn’t and can’t say exactly what they can expect.

At the COVID19 briefing on Feb.3, Dr. Strang was asked by The Laker News to look ahead to May and June when proms and graduations are held for high school graduates across the province. In 2020, many went without traditional ceremonies and proms were limited and some not held.

Dr. Strang said he is hopeful for ceremonies for high school students but doesn’t like to look more then two or three months ahead. As one has seen in other provinces, looking too far ahead and things—specifically case numbers—can rapidly change throwing a wrench into plans.

“I hope we can have more in person prom and graduations then we did last year, but it’s premature to speculate where we might be.”

He said he fully appreciates people need time to plan, but that’s not possible with COVID19 still around.

“Being in a pandemic doesn’t necessarily give us that luxury,” he said. “We’ll move forward, and have to watch our epidemiology for this, as well as a lot of other long-range things as we come from the Spring into the Summer.”