Town cancels Christmas lights switch-on amid coronavirus
PUBLISHED: 13:06 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 05 August 2020
A south Norfolk town has cancelled its annual Christmas lights switch-on.
Diss Town Council has announced “with sadness” that the town’s festive showpiece will not take place in 2020 amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
It said the “difficult decision” had been made after consulting the latest government and Public Health England advice, adding that safety was a priority.
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A spokesman for the town council said: “We have not taken this decision lightly.
“Our festive Christmas lights switch-on is a well-loved event which attracts around 3,000 visitors each year, and we know it forms part of a very special annual tradition for many residents and visitors.
“But maintaining social distancing for those 3,000 visitors during the event would be unachievable. The threat of coronavirus is likely to last for a significant amount of time and our ongoing priority must be the safety of everyone involved.”
Christmas lights will, however, still be placed around the town for people to enjoy throughout the festive season.
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