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To the Editor:

In anticipation of fall gatherings, the Centers for Disease Control published official advisories and warnings about how best to protect against the spread of COVID-19 this autumn.

The CDC warned against attending fall fests. Bennington responded by recently throwing a fall fest.

The CDC warned against staging Halloween parties and gatherings. Bennington has responded by organizing a major family Halloween Party at the old Tuttle property on Halloween afternoon. Making matters worse is that other businesses in the area will be staging their own Halloween gatherings in concert with the central event.

The CDC warned against staging “Trunk or Treat” events, stating specifically that they could become super-spreader gatherings. Now, the Bennington Police Department, the Bennington Banner and other high-profile sponsors are staging a highly marketed “Trunk or Treat” event on Halloween.

Bennington has already suffered a recent COVID cluster outbreak due to a large gathering and given the fallout from that, a few burning questions must be posed: Did all of Bennington not get the CDC advisory/warning memo — or are they just simply ignoring it? If Bennington chooses to move forward with these gatherings, why the burning desire to possibly spawn another COVID cluster, or worse?

The final question is: Bennington can certainly live without staging Halloween gatherings this year — but WILL everyone in Bennington live after these ill-advised and forewarned against gatherings happen?

Jeff Grimshaw,

Bennington and Virginia Beach, Va.


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