THE plug has been pulled on a hugely popular northern beaches Christmas lights display due to the fear of spreading COVID-19.
Every year, residents of Borgnis Street in Davidson cover their homes with festive lights, with the event attracting tens of thousands of visitors.
Organisers of the resident-led initiative had been in discussions with health officials with the hopes of running the event in a COVID-safe way, but they couldn't guarantee people would stay in their cars if the display was drive-through only.
"Residents have sadly come to the decision that they can not provide a COVID-safe environment at this time and have decided to not switch the lights on this year," an organiser posted to Facebook.
The decision comes just weeks after Northern Beaches Council cancelled its planned Christmas carols and New Year's Eve fireworks displays due to COVID-19 concerns.
Davidson brigade captain Trent Dowling supported the residents' decision to cancel the event this year.
"Everyone's going off the health department's recommendations, which are very conservative, and there's been no real alteration to those in the last eight to nine weeks," he said.
"If there's is any relaxation in those recommendations, it will be too late to gear up an event like this."
Captain Dowling said firefighters would only put up a few lights on the station and will not conduct what is usually their biggest fundraiser of the year.
"We had a great year last year, all the additional money will get us through this year," he said.
Residents stressed that donations could still be made to their nominated charities and online donations can be made to the charities via the links above.
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