Like most things this year, National Night Out will look a little different.
The annual event, aimed at building police and community partnerships, is scheduled for Oct. 6. Typically held on the first Tuesday in August, this year’s gathering was postponed because of the pandemic.
Despite the changes, the Rochester Police Department and Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office announced they will attend registered parties, masked and practicing social distancing, for a brief visit. Parties can be registered online at https://lf.rochestermn.gov/Forms/National_Night_Out.
Hosting a virtual National Night Out party and still want a visit from law enforcement? Both the police and sheriff’s office are available for virtual visits, as well. Requests for those parties can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or bradt.kyle@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US depending on the agency.
Both law enforcement agencies ask that participants be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and the number of people gathering at planned events to help maintain the health and safety for all National Night Out attendees.
On Wednesday, Rochester Mayor Kim Norton signed a proclamation declaring the city will officially celebrate National Night Out 2020 in October.
“We encourage our community to find creative and safe ways to host National Night Out in Rochester this year,” Norton said in a statement. “While celebrations should be scaled back in size and some may choose to have a virtual event, we still see this is a vital opportunity to interact with your neighbors and community officials.”