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Key West cancels holiday parade and will consider new COVID-19 restrictions

Date Posted: 2020-11-23
Source: Miami Herald

Add one more to the list of canceled events in Key West because of the pandemic: the island’s beloved Holiday Parade.

The city announced Wednesday it had canceled the parade, citing a lack of applications for entries and the challenge of hosting a socially distanced parade in the age of COVID-19.

“It’s something I had held out hope for since March,” said City Manager Greg Veliz, of the event that had been set for Dec. 5. “I just can’t figure out a way to do it safely.”

At the same time, city leaders are about to consider new restrictions.

The Key West City Commission will meet in special session at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss ways to combat the rising COVID-19 numbers in the Keys as the island heads into high season with snowbirds returning and tourism increasing.

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