Town Council cancels Holiday Stroll

As Covid-19 numbers continue to grow around the country and on the island, the Town Council made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Stroll. In previous seasons, the Holiday Stroll, which takes place on the weekend after Thanksgiving, has provided opportunities for local businesses to sell their merchandise to tourists. This year, the council is encouraging those who are already on the island to shop locally, and discouraging outside travelers from coming to the island for holiday shopping. 
“I think our concerns are with the number of people that come over for the day for the shopping stroll,” said First Warden Ken Lacoste. “There have been concerns with Rhode Island and neighboring states, with an uptick of positive Covid-19 cases on the island… I have serious concerns about the activities associated with the shopping stroll.”
Councilor Martha Ball added that Interstate Navigation will “not be running the high speed” ferry and the Harbor Church will not be used as a “warming station” for shoppers during that day, which it has traditionally done.
“Anything we can do to discourage it I would support,” said Ball.
Councilor Sven Risom agreed with Ball about cancelling the stroll. He added

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