Covington enacts COVID-19 measures at city offices, holiday events

Alleghany Highlands News

COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Covington is monitoring the case counts of COVID-19 and aims to protect residents and employees as much as possible. City officials have put in place some safety measures at certain facilities and holiday events.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Covington Christmas Tree Lighting will be live-streamed this year on the City of Covington Notifications Facebook page, City of Covington, VA Facebook page, and Covington Parks & Recreation page.

The City will not be able to host an in-person event due to pandemic restrictions. The live stream will begin at 5:45 p.m. with 15 minutes of Christmas music before the Tree Lighting, which will take place at 6 p.m.

The Covington Parks & Recreation Department will be providing the opportunity to Zoom Call with Santa this year. Residents can register to talk to Santa beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, by calling The Recreation Office at (540) 965-6360. The office will need the child’s name, parent’s phone number, and email address. There is a limited number of spaces. Directions and details will be given to each pre-registered participant.

The City of Covington will not have any events that take place within any of the City’s Facilities through Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, pending case counts and other guidelines. These include the Jackson River Sports Complex, All Park Shelters, Red Train Depot, and the Jeter-Watson Center. There will be no booking of any events at City facilities until after the first of the year if the mandate is lifted.

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