Tradition has inevitably changed this year. The McCall Winter Carnival is no expectation. Unfortunately due to increasing COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates across the state, the 2021 McCall Winter Carnival has been canceled.
The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce made the difficult decision based off "diminished hospital capacity and tighter restrictions on public and private gatherings." Their Facebook stated, "We simply cannot in good faith produce an event that goes against current restrictions on public gatherings and COVID safety measures."
As you can imagine, the cancellation of the carnival is most likely to have a negative impact on McCall's local small business economy. The Chamber of Commerce says that although they will not be hosting Winter Carnival this year, they will be working to share safe ways visitors can enjoy the McCall area for the entirety of the winter season.
"Our hope is that we can still celebrate the “Winter Wanderlust” in all of us over the many months of winter. Look for tips and ideas on ways to experience winter fun outdoors, support our local businesses, AND stay safe and healthy."
There is really no choice when it comes down to it. Of course there is disappointment that tradition has had to be altered and McCall Chamber Commerce says the "appreciate the patience, fortitude, flexibility and understanding" that has been shown by the community during this unprecedented time.
Depending on how the upcoming vote on a new public order turns out on December 8th, a lot of events will suffer the same fate.
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