Bass Coast Shire Council’s 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 Year’s Eve in Coronet Bay, Inverloch and Cowes.
Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said the decision was in step with COVID-safe requirements set by the State Government and necessary for the community’s ongoing safety.
“I know a lot of people, young and old, will be disappointed, but unfortunately there’s no way to keep attendance within the restricted gathering limits, which are currently in place for everyone’s 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.
“We’ve got new Christmas decorations going up in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch this year and we’re 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.
To get involved with the competition visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/christmas.
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.