Deutschen Pfest is arguably the city's largest annual event, and officials have for several weeks been weighing the logistics of proceeding with a slimmed down version this October.
During City Council's Aug. 24 meeting, CIty Council landed on monitoring progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and receiving weekly updates leading up to certain aspects of the annual event as well as canceling the festival's parade, kids' sections and kids' 5K event.
At a Sept. 28 council meeting, officials discussed the possibility of reinstating the kid's' 5K fun run at the next meeting.Staff also presented officials with a list of safety precautions planned for the 2021 event. Those include:
-All attendees over age 2 are encouraged to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.
-Disposable masks will be provided for all staff, volunteers and attendees who need them.
-Social distancing of at least six feet is strongly encouraged except among groups of 10 or fewer.
-All tables will remain six feet apart.
-Paperless and contactless transactions will be facilitated as much as possible in the vendor sections.
-Sanitizer stations will be dispersed throughout the event.
-Emails will be sent to ticket holders 72 hours in advance to inform them of refund details due to COVID-19 concerns or exposure.
Deutschen Pfest will be Oct. 15-17. For more information, click here.