April 28, 2020 1:59 PM
Cancellation of Events until October 31, 2020
In consultation with City Council, the City Administration has had a number of discussions regarding summer events, and how they will be affected by the continued fight against the coronavirus.
Our actions must at the very least meet the guidelines and orders set forth by Governor DeWine, and we will take all reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of our residents. Ultimately, the health risks are too great to allow summer events and festivals to proceed as we had hoped.
In a difficult decision reached by City leadership, the City of Kent is suspending permits issued for all summer events, festivals and block parties until at least October 31st, 2020. This includes the Memorial Day Parade, Kent Heritage Festival and fireworks, Grill for Good, summer concerts and more. We will continue to monitor conditions and developments, and suspending and cancelling permits could go beyond October if circumstances require such action. These precautions are consistent with many nearby cities in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On April 27th Governor DeWine released his initial plans for reopening the state, but it is clear that this will be a gradual process and will take time. This is not a course of action we have taken lightly, but after hearing the governor’s orders and recommendations, the necessary decision has become clear. While it is hard to imagine a summer and fall without these events that have become Kent traditions, these are truly unprecedented times, and we will always make safety our highest priority.
We share in the disappointment this brings our residents and we empathize with our local businesses, but this is necessary to protect everyone’s health and well-being. We strive to ensure that we all come through this hardship together, and we look forward to when we can safely gather together again.