Remembrance Day, Santa Claus parades, Rutabaga Festival given green light by council

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NORTH HURON – Council approved several requests at its Nov. 1 meeting to allow for modified gatherings in the township for several events in Blyth and Wingham.

Council approved modified gatherings for Remembrance Day services, Santa Claus parades, and to enable the Blyth Community Betterment Committee to hold the Rutabaga Festival Homecoming in 2022.

Under the most recent regulations established by the Province of Ontario and Huron Perth Public Health for the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional Remembrance Day ceremonies and parades are allowed with social distancing and other COVID precautions required. Also, indoor and outdoor public gatherings/events are starting to have reduced requirements.

The communities will be able to hold these events, but handing out candy and other treats will not be allowed; the events will be outdoors only and must adhere to public health guidelines for gathering limits, which say a maximum of 100 people.

The Wingham Santa Claus parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27 and the Blyth parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11. All COVID-19 requirements will be followed for this event.

The Rutabaga Festival Homecoming is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19, 2022.

In the past, the township handed out free swim passes for use during the Christmas break, and a motion was brought forward to offer community members a free swim without handing out passes.

The township already provides a free skate day for the community.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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