Newington Cancels National Night Out Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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Coronavirus concerns have canceled National Night Out in Newington this week.

Police said the event, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been canceled. Officers have not said if or when it may be rescheduled.

This comes as the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health strongly recommends that anyone over the age of 2 wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

With the CDC releasing new guidance encouraging universal masking in areas with high COVID-19 transmission, there are a lot of questions about how we move forward.

Last week, the DPH issued guidance recommending the use of masks in areas with significant COVID-19 transmission, but has since expanded that guidance to include all of Connecticut.

Middlesex County is the latest county in the state to reach the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended threshold for universal indoor masking, according to the latest data from the agency's COVID Data Tracker.

Authorities said the event was scheduled to have free food, axe throwing, dunk-a-cop, video games, inflatables and make-your-own tie-dye shirts.

The event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, according to event officials.

National Night Out usually takes place on the first Tuesday of August.

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