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Things are getting back to normal in Daytona Beach, even during a pandemic.
Later on this month (October 15-18), Biketoberfest will kick into gear, while the brand-new Trucktoberfest event will roll out the following weekend.
Despite the city commission not issuing event permits due to the Coronavirus, we’re expecting big crowds on both those weekends, especially on beachside.
It’s hard to tell how big the crowds will be at this point since it seems very likely that some people who normally come won’t because of COVID-19. Regardless, we’ve been in close contact with the event organizers to make sure things run smoothly with minimum interruption for everyone, including our residents.
As always, we’ll be paying special attention to beachside neighborhoods so that eventgoers aren’t using those side roads to avoid traffic on the main roads like Atlantic Avenue.
Large gatherings like these will likely make many people nervous, especially with their potential to become super spreader events. That’s why I recommend you continue to follow CDC guidelines whenever possible in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19. That includes social distancing as much as you can, washing hands and wearing facemasks.
That’s the same message I’m giving to all those who wear the Daytona Beach Police Department badge, especially those working during Biketoberfest and Trucktoberfest. Their safety and the safety of the families and loved ones is a priority and we won’t be sending them into large crowds unless it’s necessary.
You can never be too careful in these kinds of situations. If the President of the United States can get this virus, so can you. Until we have a cure or a vaccine in place, please do what you feel you must to keep yourself and those you love safe.
For those who choose to take part in these events, we hope you have a good time and that you take the proper precautions to make sure you’re not spreading COVID-19.
This virus is no joke and it’s my hope that everyone takes this as serious as it needs to be, especially going into the fall months and the traditional start to the flu season.
Chief Craig Capri