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Ways to stay safe this holiday season

This has certainly been a year no one was expecting. With Christmas time here, many annual traditions have been adapted or canceled to ensure the health and safety of our family and neighbors. 

The global Coronavirus pandemic has been at the forefront of our minds as we plan our holiday festivities. With the number of cases rising in Beaufort County and across the U.S., health officials urge celebrations to be kept small and limited to those in your own household. 

If you decide to travel this year, please do so with caution. Just last week, we experienced several tragic accidents that resulted in the loss of multiple members of our community. With more people on the roads, the likelihood of being involved in an accident increases dramatically. Please remain vigilant if you do decide to travel to safeguard yourself and others on the roadways this holiday season. 

Just because many regular traditions have been canceled or altered does not mean you and your family cannot establish new ones. The community of Washington has provided many festive activities that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. 

Arts of the Pamlico have produced two videos focusing on celebrating the season. Scott Campbell lends his talent to a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the Arts of the Pamlico’s Bubblegum and the Turnage Teen’s Theatre production of “Christmases Gone Wrong,” both of which can be viewed on Arts of the Pamlico’s website. 

Downtown Washington has been decorated to celebrate the holiday. Take a social distanced stroll down the newly renovated Main Street with family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere while staying safe. 

Several local churches are recording and uploading virtual Christmas services. First Church of Christ, Harbor Church, and First United Methodist Church of Washington are just a few that are offering special online services for those who are unable to attend these events in person. Most videos feature familiar songs and stories that celebrate the importance of the Christmas season and can be found on the churches’ websites. 

We at the Washington Daily News wish you a happy and safe Christmas holiday.