WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Santa Parade will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
With the ongoing COVID virus going on, we were saddened to have to make the decision to eliminate the stops for this year. During our meeting, we discussed our options and found that it would be impossible to have stops this year. To try to keep everyone properly distanced and to try to enforce masked rules especially with little children would make things too complicated and possibly unsafe for our townspeople.
As far as the parade itself, we are glad to have support from the Town and its Departments. All Town Employees will be following Town mask requirements. Town employees in Town vehicles are not required to wear masks. This includes with other employees in the vehicle. They will not be required to if they are with their family as well. Any time a Town Employee is outside their vehicle interacting with the public, a Town Employee WILL be required to wear a mask.
As far as the volunteers, there will be rules set for them. If volunteers are in their vehicles, masks will not be required. Many of the volunteers are large families and will be working together during this event. It is typical for face covering anyway with scarfs and face warmers due to the cold temperatures on the back of the vehicles. If families are together on the trucks, it will be their discretion on wearing masks. If candy is being tossed out to the public, these people WILL be wearing some form of hand covering.
With times being so tough this year, especially with the loss/reduction of work due to COVID, the need for toys and food are at an all-time high. Our plan is to STILL collect toys, food and letters to the troops this year. Obviously, collecting at the stops is a no go this year. We will be providing two options. With the first option, we will be collecting roadside. The second A&S truck is typically our collection truck. During the route, if you have food, toys or letters, you can step out and flag down the truck. Volunteers will collect the donations. ALL VOLUNTEERS ASSISTING WITH DONATIONS WILL BE MASKED AND GLOVED. If you are not comfortable with contact with the volunteers, please step out, and leave it on the street. A volunteer will step out to collect it. The other option is bring these items to the lobby of the Public Safety Building.
Further details and parade route/timeline will be announced closer to December 6, 2020.
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