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Peacock Lane, Portland’s ‘Christmas Street,’ cancels holiday lights display because of COVID-19

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PORTLAND — The light show will not go on.

Peacock Lane, billed as “Portland’s Christmas Street,” will not host its annual holiday lights display this year, citing COVID-19 regulations and health concerns.

The move, announced Thursday, calls off a holiday tradition that has for decades attracted crowds to four residential blocks in Southeast Portland, between Stark and Belmont streets.

“We are saddened that we will not be able to ‘light up the Lane’ this year, but we, as a community, felt it was best to cancel this year’s activities for everyone’s health and safety,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post.

The cancellation comes as Oregonians prepare to navigate Halloween and the holiday season in the COVID-19 age. Many holiday season staples are bound to be significantly changed — or canceled altogether — this year.

A variety of regulations aiming to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus remain in place throughout Oregon, including those regarding crowd sizes.

The state has been holding relatively steady for the past week with an average COVID-19 case count around 350 per day.

Oregon officials are expected to release new modeling Friday that may show the likelihood of even more daily cases into November.

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