CHICO, Calif. - The coronavirus pandemic did not stop the community in Chico from continuing an annual New Year’s tradition.
Over 100 people showed up to Bidwell Park and many of them still jumped into the cold water in Sycamore Pool to take the Polar Bear Plunge together at 1 p.m.
It was not the crowds we're used to seeing every New Year’s Day but many people told Action News Now that it was important for them to still keep the tradition going.
"We do it every year, it’s great to get back to some sort of normal. It’s great to come out every year, swim in the water and enjoy the city.” Said Jeremy Miller.
A lot of community members also came out with their friends and families to see what the turnout would be and cheer people on.
Some were wearing their masks but many others weren't.
Action News Now asked people why they still decided to come out despite public health officials warning that this could be a "super-spreader" event.
"I went a half an hour before because I was concerned about my family and I made sure to have my mask on before other people came around. I do have some concerns about that but it was nice to see people coming together, said Giselle Eastman.
And Eastman was not the only one who showed up early to jump in.
A few other people also came out before and after the event, to take the plunge on their own and keep their distance.
The reason the event was still able to take place is because it’s not organized by any specific person or group so it didn't require any permit and couldn't officially be "cancelled."