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Christmas Village 2020 – Safety First

From the Press Release: It is finally happening! After a successful preview weekend, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will officially open its doors for the 2020 season on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) at 11 am.

Christmas Village Covid Safety Measures: Stop by LOVE Park and the City Hall Courtyard to find out what we came up with this year. In accordance with city and state guidelines, our (reduced number of) vendors will be set up in a socially distanced one-way system at the outer limits around LOVE Park for a linear and spaced walking concept.

Last week I went to the Christmas Village Preview weekend. I was curious like everyone else how they were going to achieve social distancing at such a popular event. I was surprised, it felt very safe and comfortable, and spacious as the flow is one way throughout the usually packed holiday market, they have safety guards at every corner directing people on the flow, and they metered how many people could enter the food court, which is actually in the middle of Love Park, with tables spaced for eating enjoyment.
Here’s one of the people helping with the directional flow
Because of Covid there’s no Santa this year, but there’s this blog up guy near a shop

Here is a map of the vendor set up and here’s a list of the vendors, many from the Philadelphia area.

Now a word from our Sponsor:
Stag & Doe Nights Holidays in Chestnut Hill
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:00am-9:00pm.

You can also buy Love Park merchandise at Christmas Village, which reminds me, people get confused between Christmas Village, who’s landlord is City of Phila’s Parks & Recreation, and Dilworth Park, specifically the Rothman Ice Skating Rink, that is run by Center City District, and is not part of Christmas Village.

To completely confuse the situation, the merry go round at City Hall and the Philly Made shops at City Hall are part of Christmas Village, but again the Center City District maintains the procedures over there and not Christmas Village management.

The reason I need to point this out is last week I published this video of what seems to be over crowding skating at the rink. People were calling it Christmas Village, it’s not, it’s the Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park managed by Center City District. Center City District’s landlord is the City of Philly. I got a lot of complaints online and privately from people, as I’m sure CCD did as the rink seemed less crowded the following day. It sucks people aren’t always following the rules, but the bottom line is you must do what’s right for you, because people are going to do what they want to do as we know. Thankfully we have brave folks in the Gov’t that have resisted to bullying to keep us safe, but the rest is up to us. Stay Safe, Wear A Mask and know we are all in this together and it is almost over, just hang in there a little more.

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Mobile COVID-19 testing unit visits Philadelphia

CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education), Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 testing and education unit, arrived in Philadelphia on September 26.  CATE is supported by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection, and Highmark Blue Shield.  The event was one of several stops CATE will make in southeastern Pennsylvania this fall.

L to R: Dr. Angelico Razon, Philadelphia Department of Health, IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake and George Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latino Connection at the CATE testing event in Philadelphia where more than 50 people were tested.

Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed at all times.  Anyone can be tested, and insurance is not required.  Services are offered in English and Spanish.

A video greeting from Daniel J. Hilferty, president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross

Photos by Andre Flewellen (Happy Birthday Andre!!)