At today’s City Commission retreat, the commissioners unanimously approved considering requests for special events that include COVID-19 protocol plans. Plans will be reviewed by City staff and approved by the City Commission before the events can take place.
Commissioner Jeremy Matlow expressed concern about resuming large events and said the City needs to “tread very cautiously with events.”
“In this pandemic, I think we’re finally at a point where it looks like we can see a finish line with the vaccine coming out, but we’re not quite there yet,” he said.
Along with having COVID protocol plans, events must adhere to preventative measures like masks, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection.
The first event planned to take place this year will be the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. This event will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Because of safety precautions, this event will be a drive-thru parade where the floats and exhibits will be stationary on Monroe St., and spectators will move along the parade route in their vehicles.