COVID-19 claims outdoor Town events through July

From WSJ Staff Reports

In response to North Carolina’s current restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) has agreed to suspend through July 2021 all Town-sponsored events that draw large crowds.

Notable events affected by the board’s decision include but are not limited to Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, Six Sundays in Spring, Friday Night on White and the two-day Independence Day Celebration. Just as it was last year, the annual July 3 Fireworks Spectacular will be offered as a virtual event.

The Town’s decision to extend its moratorium on huge gatherings was based on the expectation that residents will not be allowed to assemble safely in large numbers for the foreseeable future. Current state law limits gatherings to 50 people outdoors and 10 people indoors. Town officials emphasize that once state restrictions loosen they will consider hosting events that draw bigger crowds.

In the meantime, Wake Forest will continue to explore and develop options that allow residents (who so choose) to safely enjoy a mix of cultural and recreational activities and experiences within prescribed guidelines.

The BOC’s decision does not apply to Wake Forest Renaissance Centre camps, workshops and virtual events or Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources’ programs, including youth and adult athletics leagues, and classes and camps being offered at limited capacity. For more information about their respective program offerings, contact the Renaissance Centre at 919-435-9458 and the PRCR Department at 919-435-9560.

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