Indoor events canceled for Santa Saturday
The Wauneta Chamber’s Santa Saturday is still on, but in a very scaled-back form.
Meeting Monday, Chamber members decided to cancel all indoor events for the annual celebration.
Santa Saturday will be Dec. 5, five days after increased restrictions imposed by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic expire. But there’s no guarantee those restrictions, many of which limit indoor gathering attendance, won’t be reimposed.
That means no story time with Mrs. Claus, movie or chili cookoff.
The day will begin at 4:30 p.m. with an appearance by Santa, who will hear kids’ wishes and hand out goodies. The light parade will follow at 5 p.m.
Plans call for the Angel Tree to be moved outside. Voting on best-decorated lamp post will take place from 4 to 4:30 p.m., during which hot cocoa and cookies will be available. The canned food drive will still take place; donations will earn a ticket for a raffle for Chamber Bucks, but the drawing for that will be held later.
The chili cookoff was canceled for a couple of reasons. The latest restrictions, which went into effect Wednesday afternoon, limit indoor gatherings to 25 percent of capacity, groups to eight, all of whom must be from the same household, and six-foot social distancing. Chamber members also had concerns they could find enough people to make chili, and how they would serve it to meet DHM rules.
Those same factors led to cancellation of the movie.
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