With large gatherings posing a significant health risk amid COVID-19, events like the annual National Night Out that brings neighborhood residents together with public safety officials will have to be reimagined.
For Aurora, that means turning National Night Out into National Night In.
Generally held across the country on the first Tuesday in August, the national organization made the decision in late spring to reschedule this year’s event to the first Tuesday in October in hopes of having more options to gather in larger numbers.
Under the Phase 4 Guidelines in the Restore Illinois Plan, gatherings of more than 50 people are currently prohibited.
Aurora’s National Night In will virtually bring together two dozen neighborhood groups and public safety leaders at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 6), with the theme “Aurora: Still Strong. Still Safe. Still Together.”
The virtual celebration will feature a roll-call of neighborhood groups introduced by the respective ward alderman. Each neighborhood organization — represented by an individual or a small group of participants — will display its own style of “Aurora prideÆ through purposeful creativity and plenty of cheers.
Remarks will be made by Mayor Richard C. Irvin, Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman and Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz.
Last year, more than 6,000 Aurorans participated in National Night Out across the city.
National Night Out typically is a big event for communities throughout Kane County, including the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Last year, at least 14 public safety entities in scores of neighborhoods throughout Kane County hosted National Night Out events on or during the week of Tuesday, Aug. 6, with tons of free activities, shows, firefighting displays, emergency vehicles, helicopters, food, games and more.
SOURCE: city of Aurora news release