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Baltimore— On December 22, 2020, Councilwoman Ramos announced an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the Miracle on 34th Street, located in her district.
Ramos has been working with the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City Health Department on plans for addressing crowds but would like spectators to come back next year.
Eli Lopatin, President of the Hampden Community Council, said, “The Mayor’s Christmas Parade was canceled to keep everyone safe. We would like to make sure spectators that come to the Miracle on 34th Street are also keeping their distance and wearing masks.”
“Started by residents over 45 years ago, the Miracle on 34th Street is one of the most magnificent holiday traditions in Baltimore,” said Councilwoman Ramos. “Today, we are asking you to skip the celebration this year to protect yourselves and others from COVID-19.”
“Neighbors are concerned about the increasing crowds. We have told our residents to stay away. Please be careful and wear your masks,” said Wyman Park Community Association President, Jack Boyson, whose neighborhood is adjacent to the Miracle. Ramos went on to say that in the last few days, more people have been coming to the area.
“I want to continue to encourage residents to find ways to celebrate the holidays safely this year— limiting gatherings to those within your household, and wearing a mask and practicing social distancing when you do leave home,” said Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.
“We have witnessed people not wearing masks when they enter the area. Originally, we wanted to keep the street open for traffic, but too many people are here and that causes a concern for pedestrians. Please celebrate the holidays at home.”