The Blantyre City Council-BCC has disclosed that the annual night of fireworks will not be held on 31st December due to the Coronavirus.
In the past three years the BCC led by the mayor would hold a family night of fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
According to BCC’s Spokesperson Anthony Kasunda, the event is suspended until the health crisis eases.
“As you know normally we have a night of fireworks, family fireworks were we gather together to enter the New Year. But because of the covid-19 pandemic, we have suspended that till things normalises,” said Kasunda.
This is the second year that the council has postponed the New Year’s Eve firework event.
The ceremony was not held last year due to political unrest as a result of the protested 2019 Presidential Elections.
The cancellation is also coming as the pandemic has seen several countries cancelling festive celebrations to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the council is expected to switch on the city Christmas lights to mark the beginning of festive celebrations in the City.
Every year the council fixes decorations in strategic places such as roundabouts to mark the festivities.
According to Kasunda the mayor will preside over the ceremony.
“Everything will be done normally. The Mayor will be switching on the Christmas lights and we will do some decorations as we do normally,” he said.
Kasunda could however not be drawn to give the specific day of the Christmas lighting.
Meanwhile, various shops in the city and across the country have already put up in-store decorations for the festive season.