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Durango Business Improvement District cancels trick-or-treat event

Children’s Halloween event in Downtown deemed unsafe to hold during the pandemic

Durango Business Improvement District cancels trick-or-treat event

Children’s Halloween event in Downtown deemed unsafe to hold during the pandemic

DURANGO, Colo. – After much deliberation, the Durango Business Improvement District (BID) has decided to cancel the Oct. 31, 2020 Children’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat event in Downtown Durango for the safety and health of community members.

 “It’s such a fun event for our families and for our Downtown merchants every year, but it’s also an event that draws thousands in close proximity in a relatively short period of time,” said Tim Walsworth, BID executive director. “Believe me, we tried to look at it from every angle, and we just couldn’t determine a way that we could make sure to keep everyone safe.”

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which the BID felt would draw even more trick-or-treaters from out of the area for the late afternoon event. Halloween costume-masks do not satisfy the CDC and state regulations for preventing COVID-19 transmission, plus because small children, for which the Halloween event is organized, tend to want to pull off their masks, and issues could be further aggravated – especially if non-masked families attempted to enter Downtown businesses.

According to Walsworth, a few issues have occurred establishments with patrons’ refusal to wear masks when coming inside, and on behalf of all, the BID hopes to avoid any conflicts.

“The Children’s Halloween was developed as a ‘give-back’ to the community,” said Walsworth. “We’re guardedly optimistic that we will be able to have our Singing with Santa and lighting of the Holiday Tree in Buckley Park after Thanksgiving, but it’s likely to look a little different than it has in previous years as well. Stay tuned.”

The Durango Business Improvement District was formed in 1997 with a goal and mission to support businesses within the District by assisting with special event marketing, providing research on topics of concern to the District (facilities, special events, best practices), planning and development of new facilities, and providing capital budget for equipment that enhances business in the District. Funding is generated by a 2 mill levy on property owners within the district, with additional marketing dollars contributed by the City of Durango. Additional information at www.downtowndurango.org.

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