Christmas carols cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

Carols fall silent: Pastor Grant Wilson, Reverend Peter Hanan and Pastor Rob Schubert pictured prior to the 2017 event. The carols have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Photo: File.
Carols fall silent: Pastor Grant Wilson, Reverend Peter Hanan and Pastor Rob Schubert pictured prior to the 2017 event. The carols have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Photo: File.

For more than 30 years, the Port Lincoln community has enjoyed sharing the festive spirit as part of the Carols on the Foreshore event.

Unfortunately, that will not be the case in 2020, with organisers reluctantly deciding not to host the event this year, due to the pressure of COVID-19 restrictions.

Pastor Grant Wilson, secretary of the Port Lincoln Ministers Association, who host the Carols each year on behalf of the churches in Port Lincoln, told the Port Lincoln Times that whilst maintaining tradition was important, the health and wellbeing of the community was even more important.

"The Association felt that we could not run the risk of people becoming infected with the virus at such a large event," Pr Wilson said.

"We have a long tradition of bringing the Christmas message to the Port Lincoln community each year with the carols, but the current COVID-19 restrictions make it unworkable this year.

"The joy of Christmas would be completely overshadowed if people became infected through attending this event."

Pr Wilson said the Port Lincoln Ministers Association also harbored concerns about managing social distancing with a crowd of over 2000 people, while managing necessary compliance with state government regulations.

While the decision comes as a blow for organisers and the wider community, the Port Lincoln Ministers Association is hopeful of bringing back Carols on the Foreshore in 2021.

Pr Wilson said he encouraged those who wanted to sing carols to safely attend a church of their choice during the Christmas season.