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Spalding Pumpkin Parade 2020 is under review after latest coronavirus restrictions

Families may not be taking part in the popular Spalding Pumpkin Parade this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Every October, hundreds of people flock to Spalding town centre to take part in the parade along with browsing around the stalls and fun fair.

South Holland District Council says this year’s event is under review following the announcement of the latest national guidance.

Spalding Pumpkin parade - eveningParade wends way around town (19137868)
Spalding Pumpkin parade - eveningParade wends way around town (19137868)

On Tuesday night, the Government announced that it was going to impose new restrictions to limit social gatherings to a maximum of six people from Monday.

While the rate of infections in Lincolnshire has increased, public health officials say that significant local action is not yet required.

At the time of writing, it was not clear how long these latest restrictions will be
in place for but it could impact on the pumpkin parade.

A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: “We are currently reviewing our plans for this year’s event in light of the latest national guidance.

“We will definitely be marking the occasion in some way, and hope to be able to share more information soon.”

Deputy director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council Tony McGinty says the county’s test results
are being monitored carefully.

He said: “We are watching the numbers really carefully and the changes and pattern of changes we are seeing is very similar to that which is occurring in the rest of the country,

“Numbers have increased, but not to levels where significant additional local action is needed for now.

“Where we feel increases are concentrated we will provide specific
and targeted advice to people.”

The county council receive coronavirus test results on a seven day rolling programme.

Mr McGinty said: “We now receive a degree of detail on all positive tests in Lincolnshire, including being able to identify them and where they live in Lincolnshire.”

Late on Tuesday night, the Government announced that it would be imposing the restrictions from Monday.

The ban will apply to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, including pubs, private homes and restaurants.

People will still be allowed to gather in groups larger than six for work or education.

The restrictions will also not apply to organised team sports.

Failure to comply could see offenders fined £100, doubling for each repeat offence up to £3,200.

Mr Johnson said: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying the rules on social contact - making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.”

He added it was ‘absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules.’

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