Merry Covid Christmas


With COVID-19 cases spiking in Monroe County during the holiday season, families may be making new traditions this year.  

In Monroe County, 4,685 new cases were reported from November 16 to November 29. An additional 541 positive cases were reported on November 30, just four days after Thanksgiving. 

The holiday season is normally a time for seeing family, friends and other loved ones. However, like most things this year, COVID-19 has changed that. Large gatherings and parties won’t be possible like they have been in the past.

Although they might look different, some traditions will never change. Visiting Santa at the Eastview mall will still happen this year. Santa will be wearing a mask and distanced from the children.

According to Ms. Wendy Roche, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Eastview Mall, Salvation Army bell ringers will be at the mall through December 24. 

Stokoe Farms has adapted their guidelines as well so everyone can have a safe Christmas. Only 30% capacity is allowed with limited people in buildings. Additional hand washing and hand sanitizer stations have been added around the farm.

Stoke has also added a second pre-cut tree barn along with extra entrances and exits to make everyone’s experience as safe as possible.

Procedures like this will be common over the winter months until a vaccine can be widespread to Americans.