Given the recent advisory notice from the governor’s office and the legal requirements of the most recent governor’s Executive Order #176 issued last week, the Town of Aberdeen will cancel its planned Downtown Christmas Market originally scheduled for Saturday, December 5.
The Order limits the outdoor gatherings number to 50 persons. This decision comes after consultation with both the Moore County Health Department Director and town attorney. Both agreed that the planned Downtown Christmas Market would contravene the Order. The relevant portion of the governor’s Order states as follows:
“Prohibition. Mass Gatherings are prohibited. “Mass Gathering” means an event or convening which brings together more than ten (10) people indoors or more than fifty (50) people outdoors at the same time in a single confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs, or festivals. In publicly accessible indoor facilities, the Mass Gathering limit applies per room of the facility. When more than ten (10) people reside in the same household, residing together does not form a Mass Gathering.” Executive Order #176.
With the expanded lighting in the downtown Aberdeen area, the town was excited about this first-time event to celebrate the holiday season and will pursue it again next year. The Aberdeen downtown shops and restaurants are open for business and always welcome visitors.