Organizers for several holiday events in the area are breathing a sigh of relief. Popular festivities will be held for such events as Condon’s Light Festival and Parade, the Shop Around Town Holiday Bazaar in Fossil, Painted Hills Natural Beef Open House and the Country Christmas Bazaar in Grass Valley.
Unlike the lockdown in March and the recent freeze, Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority opted to impose restrictions on a county by county basis and avoided statewide mandates on social gatherings.
That left most counties in the John Day River Territory in the low-risk category. Gilliam, Wheeler, Sherman and Wallowa counties were the only four to meet the criteria and are given greater flexibility for events and social gatherings.
Still, cases are on the rise and residents are encouraged to wear face-coverings when in public. People are also encouraged to limit the number of people in their circles and to avoid indoor gatherings.
Nonetheless, locals are excited to get out and enjoy the season at these hallmark events.