Hurlock Christmas Parade is canceled

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Little Mr. Fall Fest Brady Turner greeted the crowd during the 2019 Hurlock Christmas Parade. The town council decided Monday that this event would not take place, because of coronavirus concerns.

HURLOCK — Another holiday tradition has fallen to fears of coronavirus infection.

On Monday night, the Hurlock Town Council decided to cancel the 2020 Christmas Parade, due to size, distancing and mask requirements.
“Hopefully it can be worked so that its bigger and better next year,” a statement from Welcome to Hurlock social media page said. “We hate the COVID-19 as much as you.”

The news followed the Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade Committee’s announcement earlier this week that its 2020 event would also not take place.

In another move related to the holiday season, the Hurlock Town Council on Monday decided it would not endorse Halloween observances. The board withheld both support and opposition for celebrations.

“It should be an individual decision that if a home owner wants to distribute candy, then they should turn an outside light on which would indicate to parents and children that you are in fact handing out candy,” the online statement said. “If a house doesn’t have a light on, move on to the next. If you feel the need to walk and go door to door, then by all means do so safely. All we ask is that all CDC Guidelines are carried out — masks, distancing and sanitizing — and it’s done by previous years’ time schedule of 6-8 p.m. Police will be on duty looking out for your safety.”

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