COOS BAY, Ore. - Concerns about the coronavirus have canceled the 34th annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres, organizers said Wednesday.
"Preparation for the event takes many hours of work that would normally start now and last all the way up to the event, and the uncertainty about health conditions between now and November led to this hard decision," the Friends of Shore Acres and Oregon Parks & Recreation said in a joint statement.
As many as 60,000 people visit the light display each year.
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The "visitors represent local, state, national and international communities and increases the potential for spreading COVID-19 among our most vulnerable populations, many of whom volunteer and host this event," organizers said.
The cancelation for 2020 is "due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its potential risk to the health and safety of volunteers, visitors, and park staff," they added.
"This decision is a difficult one recognizing the value the Holiday Lights has to the Bay Area," they added. "It is disappointing to all of us but the event cannot safely be held this year under the Covid-19 environment."