Celebrate Southlake postponed as officials in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus

Celebrate Southlake, scheduled for the end of March, has been postponed due to health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. (Courtesy city of Southlake)
Celebrate Southlake, scheduled for the end of March, has been postponed due to health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

Celebrate Southlake, scheduled for the end of March, has been postponed due to health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. (Courtesy city of Southlake)

Editor's note: This is an evolving story and will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.

The city of Southlake announced March 12 that its Celebrate Southlake event has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. The event had originally been scheduled for March 20-22.

“The leadership team has evaluated the current situation and reviewed advice from federal, state and county experts,” Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski said in a statement. “It’s prudent to limit large public gatherings at this time since we know the virus is present in our area and potentially spreading.”

If possible, the city plans to hold Celebrate Southlake at a later date this year, according the announcement.

“We strongly believe it will be more successful if offered at a time when we can come together and enjoy community fellowship worry-free,” Ortowski said in the statement.


The city of Grapevine is also examining its sick leave policies and telework capabilities and is cutting back on in-person meetings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, officials said.

Colleyville is putting processes in place to reduce physical touch should the need arise, the city said in a news release. Measures the city is considering include installing temporary partitions between employees and customers, taking electronically submitted comments for public meetings and monitoring large public events.

At this time no other events in Grapevine, Colleyville or Southlake have been affected by the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend “community-based interventions” to help slow the spread of the virus. These can include school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing and creating employee plans to work remotely.

Ultimately, the decision to use these measures will be made by local and state officials after consulting with federal officials, according to the CDC website.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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