LAKE COMO, NJ — The 25th annual Lake Como Day, slated for September 19, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Kevin Higgins and the borough council announced on July 7 the decision to cancel all public events through October 1 “to protect the public, volunteers and municipal employees from possible exposure to COVID-19,” according to a press release.

“Lake Como has worked hard to protect borough residents and employees throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so through the beginning of the fall season,” Higgins. “We will re-evaluate our procedures monthly to determine what is needed to best protect our community.”

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While canceling Lake Como Day is a disappointment, Belmar Councilwoman Hawley Scull said it was the right decision. “We cannot risk the health and safety of our residents, staff and volunteers with the current state of the world,” said Scull, who also serves on the borough’s Tourism Commission.

“I know this event has been the highlight of the year in our community, so the Tourism Commission has been working on creative ideas to boost resident morale,” she added.

In May, it held a “Capture the Beauty in your Backyard” photo contest and plans to soon announce another similar boroughwide event.

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 “I hope that the efforts we make now to keep each other healthy and safe will allow our community to come together for Lake Como Day in the future,” she said.

Over the years, Lake Como Day has grown in popularity, attracting hundreds along the banks of the borough’s namesake lake for an afternoon of festivities — children activities, food and other vendors, live entertainment, a wine and beer tent, to name a few — and culminating with fireworks bursting over the lake at dusk.

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