The City of West Hollywood is reminding the community that Halloween Carnaval 2021 is CANCELLED! The event known to attract upwards of 500,000 people to Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night will not take place again this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the surge in Delta variant cases in the region.
In 2020, the West Hollywood City Council approved the cancellation of all major special events in the City of West Hollywood through the end of 2020. However, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and surge in Delta variant community transmission, the City of West Hollywood decided to continue the cancellation of many large-scale events and gatherings during 2021, including a large Pride celebrations in June, Halloween Carnaval 2021, and New Year’s Eve events such as #BOOM!
A small portion of people still dressed up and hit the boulevard in 2020 during the worst of the pandemic, and people will likely flock to WeHo again for what would’ve been Halloween Carnaval 2021, especially with bars being open for business this year. The City is stressing that even though restaurants and entertainment venues in the City of West Hollywood will be open for business on Halloween night, everyone must adhere to LA County Public Health protocols.
LA County Health Officer Order requires use of masks while in indoor public settings and while attending mega-events. Bar and restaurant patrons are advised to use masks, except while actively eating or drinking. The City of West Hollywood’s Code Compliance Division provides oversight of business compliance and Code Enforcement Officers may issue Administrative Citations to businesses that are not in compliance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health orders and protocols for use of masks.
The City of West Hollywood is urging community members to stay safe this Halloween by limiting in-person gatherings and by encouraging use of masks. Halloween activities that encourage virtual participation or social distancing can help to prevent community spread of COVID-19, such as: online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving); drive-by events or contests; Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters; Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants (plan ahead with advance reservations); Halloween-themed art installations; dressing-up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations; and buying and carving a pumpkin at home.
LA County Public Health notes: “The fewer people you and your household have in-person contact with, the lower your risk of getting COVID-19.”
The City of West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City’s diverse culture and community. The event has grown year-by-year into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers.
The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall is open for in-person transactions by appointment; to make an appointment, visit www.weho.org/appointments. City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. City of West Hollywood coronavirus information is available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.