Santa Claus is (not) coming to town: Two parades cancelled, others considering their options

By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—It looks like Santa’s sleigh may be placed in storage until next year as both Caledonia and Hagersville have announced the cancellation of their 2020 Santa Claus Parade, and Dunnville, Cayuga, and Selkirk are also all considering their options.

“The (Hagersville) committee made the decision to cancel the 2020 Santa Claus Parade as the parade is very dependent on community support. With the current pandemic situation, we could not solicit for sponsorship or donations as many businesses are not in the position to donate as their income has declined in the last few months,” said Tanya Ribbink, Hagersville Chamber of Commerce, Parade Committee Member.

The ability to secure insurance played a large role in the decision as well. “If someone were to claim they contracted COVID from attending our parade, we would be insured up until December 31, 2020, but if someone took legal action January 1, 2021 or later, we would not have insurance coverage for COVID-related issues. All insurance policy renewals will have exclusions regarding COVID-related claims moving forward,” said Ribbink. “We cannot, in good conscience, approach business owners with our hands out, knowing how tough the first half of this year has been on so many of us. This event, like many other volunteer-run events, relies heavily on local financial support. The businesses in our community need time to focus on getting back on track to ensure the economic survival of Haldimand County.”

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