DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of Derby has postponed its holiday tree lighting due to COVID-19.

The event, which was originally supposed to happen Friday night, was listed as canceled on the city’s events calendar.

News 8 reached out to Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan for comment. A statement from his office said the city made a decision earlier this week to postpone the annual ceremony, in light of COVID-19 statistics coming from the state.

“Christmas, a holiday celebrated around the world, is not canceled in the City of Derby. As mayor, I have an obligation to keep our residents and most importantly our children safe,” Dziekan said.

The new date for the tree lighting is listed on the city’s events calendar as Dec. 3. It will take place on the Derby Green at 6 p.m.

Note: This story originally reported that the tree lighting was canceled, as a cancelation was listed on the city’s events calendar. The Mayor’s Office clarified in a statement that the event has been postponed, which this article now reflects.