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Ashland Children’s Halloween Parade canceled

The 2021 Children’s Halloween Parade has been canceled, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce announced Monday.

The chamber board of directors elected to cancel the event “in an abundance of caution and concern for the community’s public health and safety, with the current level of COVID cases and health care industry’s modeling of what things will look like throughout the fall,” said Travel Ashland Executive Director Katharine Cato in a news release.

Enforcing proper use of face coverings and physical distancing is impossible given the nature of the event, the release said. Board members considered input from the city and health care leaders in the decision.

“They are very concerned about hosting a large community event given the COVID impact on hospitals, number of unvaccinated people in Jackson County and the fact that children cannot currently be vaccinated,” the release said.

The 2021 Ashland Monster Dash Run for Education is slated to go ahead with both a virtual participation option and in-person race Oct. 30 starting at Lithia Park, with staggered starting times for participants.

The event may become entirely virtual depending on the public health situation as the date nears.

The virtual run begins Oct. 22. Further information can be found at ashlandmonsterdash.com/race-info/.

The Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding door-to-door trick or treating at Halloween time, as it encourages crowding among people from multiple households.

Low-risk Halloween activities include pumpkin carving with members of only one household or outside with friends and neighbors at a safe distance, home decorating, an outdoor scavenger hunt, virtual costume contest and household movie night.