Derby Christmas Tree Lighting Postponed Due to Covid-19

NBC Connecticut

Derby town officials said their annual Christmas tree lighting has been postponed because of Covid-19.

The town announced that the tree lighting, which was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26, has been pushed back to an undetermined date.

“Christmas - a holiday celebrated around the world - is not canceled in the City of Derby. As mayor, I have an obligation to keep our residents - and most importantly our children safe. Early next week, my office will be announcing a new date for this
time-honored tradition in our city,” Mayor Richard Dziekan said in a statement.

The mayor said the decision is "in light of Covid-19 pandemic statistics coming from the state."

Connecticut currently has a positivity rate of 3.61% with 300 hospitalizations because of Covid-19. For more information about the state's coronavirus numbers, click here.

State officials are set to launch an audit into how 169 towns and cities spent roughly $60 million in federal relief funding.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that the tree lighting was canceled. The Mayor's Office has clarified their initial statement saying that the event was canceled. The article has been updated to reflect this.