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COVID-19 Restrictions to impact Bass Coast over New Year

No fireworks displays in 2020.

By Portal Admin - 30th November 2020 - Back to News

Bass Coast Shire Councils end of year fireworks displays will not go ahead in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Displays would usually occur at the Cowes Christmas Carols event and on New Years Eve in Coronet Bay, Inverloch and Cowes.

No fireworks display this year

Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said the decision was in step with COVID-safe requirements set by the State Government and necessary for the communitys ongoing safety. "I know a lot of people, young and old, will be disappointed, but unfortunately theres no way to keep attendance within the restricted gathering limits, which are currently in place for everyones safety," Ms Wastie said.

"Each year our fireworks displays attract thousands of people and under the current circumstances, and in close consultation with emergency services, these crowd numbers are just not acceptable or safe. Ms Wastie explained that there is still lots happening to help get communities into the festive spirit.

Christmas decoration competition

"Weve got new Christmas decorations going up in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch this year and were also holding a Christmas decoration competition for both the community and businesses. I look forward to seeing everyone getting into the spirit and celebrating what has definitely been a challenging year," Ms Wastie said.

Virtual Christmas carols event

Local community Christmas Carols celebrations have also been cancelled this year, however you can get still into the spirit of Christmas by attending the virtual Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols event, run by the churches of Wonthaggi and Inverloch at 7.00pm on Saturday, 19 December. For more details, search for Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols on Facebook. To get involved with the competition visit Christmas display.


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