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Vigil planned in Bethel postponed

A vigil was planned tonight in Bethel in honor of George Floyd, but it has now been cancelled.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the only reason for the postponement is to maintain the safety of those who choose to attend. 

He says the anguish caused by Floyd's death is so raw and there would likely be many more people attending than can be safely accommodated on the lawn of town hall.  Wilton's vigil earlier this week was attended by more than 800 people and the rally in Danbury drew even more attendees. 

There is concern on the part of state and federal health officials over the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 infections as a direct result of these rallies and gatherings. 

Knickerbocker says many residents have contacted him asking for an outlet for grief and frustration, and urged them to attend a service at a date when it's safe to do so.  In lieu of a candlelight vigil, knickerbocker invited people to leave a small memorial to Floyd at the gazebo at any time.

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Todd Schnitt

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