Based on the WA Government’s new directions for public events over 500 people, released on September 18, the City of Armadale has reluctantly made the decision to cancel the 2020 Hawkers Markets and Christmas Parade.
The Hawkers Markets are held annually at Memorial Park, attracting approximately 2000 people per night, while the City’s Christmas Parade is held in the Jull Street Mall and precedes the Carols by Candlelight event in Memorial Park.
A report presented to Council concluded that even with measures in place, both events were considered ‘high risk’, primarily due to the limited ability to restrict attendance numbers, ensure correct social distancing and ability for contact tracing.
“Like many people in the community we are disappointed that these events aren’t able go ahead this year, however, our priority remains with the health, safety and well-being of our City,” said Mayor Ruth Butterfield.
“Council’s decision to cancel the events was made based on the latest health advice and direction from the WA State Government. While this was a difficult decision, we are hoping that the Hawkers Markets and Christmas Parade will return in 2021 and we look forward to celebrating with our community at that time.”
The City of Armadale is confident that Carols by Candlelight scheduled for December 4 can be delivered without compromising the community’s health, safety and wellbeing.
To keep up-to-date with the latest information on City events, visit our website: www.armadale.wa.gov.au.