COVID-19 concerns force cancellation of National Night Out in West Lake Hills

West Lake Hills' annual National Night Out event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)
West Lake Hills' annual National Night Out event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)

West Lake Hills' annual National Night Out event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)

West Lake Hills will not host a National Night Out this October in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, per an announcement from Mayor Linda Anthony during a July 8 council meeting.

The annual event focused on building relationships between local law-enforcement agencies and the communities they serve sees about 1,000 attendees a year, according to Scott Gerdes, West Lake Hills police chief.


In Texas, the event falls on the first Tuesday in October, several weeks after the Labor Day weekend.

“If pattern holds, you’ll see a spike in [coronavirus] cases after one of these holiday weekends because of the inevitable gathering of crowds,” Anthony said.

Council Member Beth South suggested honoring the city’s first responders through a virtual event—an option that is under consideration by the city.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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