EGG HARBOR CITY — Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Metropolis Council on Thursday voted to cancel its annual Halloween parade.
Council voted unanimously to cancel the Oct. 30 occasion after receiving correspondence from the parade sponsor, the Mays Touchdown and Egg Harbor Metropolis Rotary Membership, that it wasn’t snug sponsoring the occasion on account of legal responsibility points associated to the pandemic.
“It’s with nice reluctance that we discover it essential to withdraw from this yr’s Halloween Parade,” the letter from Rotary Membership Halloween Parade Director Ronald Smith states. “This determination was made after a lot thought and cautious consideration, however legal responsibility points for our group and members have been too nice to beat.”
Council members expressed issues in regards to the security of marchers and spectators who may not be practising social distancing, particularly as a result of bigger crowds might be anticipated as a result of cancellation of parades in neighboring communities.
“I want to nonetheless have the parade, however primarily based on the brand new data, we can not accomplish that,” Councilman Scott Trythall stated.
It wasn’t all dangerous information for youngsters within the metropolis, as council voted 5-1 to permit trick-or-treating on Halloween from 6 to eight p.m. Councilman Clifford Mays Jr. forged the lone dissenting vote, citing security issues as a result of pandemic.
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