DUNKIRK, N.Y. — An annual event aimed at enhancing the relationship between law enforcement and the residents they serve is being pushed back in one Chautauqua County community due to the coronavirus crisis.
National Night Out observances are traditionally held each year on the first Tuesday in August. The City of Dunkirk announced Wednesday, the event will take place in Washington Park on Tuesday August 25 instead, with a backup date of Tuesday, September 1.
In a statement announcing the change, Dunkirk Police said, "Our committee does not want to cancel the program but in order to keep everyone safe we will require that masks be worn by everyone in attendance and that social distancing is practiced. We will have safety precautions in place and we will separate the picnic tables around Washington Park so there is distance between our citizens and families during the evening and we will keep them separated for the usual Movie that we end the night with. As always we will have Police Officers and Firefighters on location and we will interact in a safe way with all that attend."
The Night Out Committee says they are looking forward to seeing everyone that night and ask for help in making sure the event is safe for all involved.