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Sea Witch Festival latest event to scratch because of COVID

A post on the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page said the festival would return in 2021.

Halloween events are starting to pay the price of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sea Witch Festival, one of the beach season’s last big events, announced Monday it is postponing to Oct. 29-31, 2021.

A post on the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page said it would be back bigger and better.

The event, which included a costume parade among its festivities, couldn’t safely social distance people.

When the Delaware State Fair was allowed to go on, state health officials said it was because it had good plans for social distancing, requiring masks and other COVID-19 guidelines, as well as defined entry points. Parades, officials said then, were difficult to police for coronavirus, for many reasons including big crowds that watched.

The decision follows an announcement last week that the Milford Community Parade, traditionally a costume parade around Halloween, also would be canceled.

Organizers said they had hoped the state would be in Phase 3 of the reopening, but it’s still in Phase 2. The organizers said they could not meet the state’s current guidelines for big events, and that they didn’t want to leave people in a “wait and see” mode.

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