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Rotorua Weekender - 2021-11-26

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Coronavirus impacts Christmas parade

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The organisers of this year’s Rotorua Christmas Parade say they have no choice but to cancel the event. “We have tried to adapt in the ever-changing Covid world, however, it’s just no longer an option for us to hold the event this year,” says parade manager Alia Branson of Boost Events. The parade was scheduled to take place on December 4 at the Rotorua International Stadium. That would have allowed for contact tracing, reduced numbers for physical distancing and other precautions that fit with the current government regulations. However, the uncertainty around moving to the new Covid Protection Framework, and the increase in community cases in the region, has had a significant impact on event suppliers and volunteer organisations that make this free community event possible. “We were really looking forward to kicking off the festive season with our community again. After our rocky road last year, we know others would be looking forward to it as well, we share their disappointment,” Alia Branson says. “It was a difficult decision but one that we are confident that is the right call for the health, safety and peace of mind of our community.” She added: “We thank all the sponsors, event partners, volunteers and members of the community for their efforts in trying to bring this event together.” The New Year’s Eve Glo Festival at the Village Green has also been cancelled.

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