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City of Rochester Announces Suspension of Large Public Events through August 16, 2020 Due to Ongoing Safety Effort

Post Date:05/22/2020 2:15 PM

With health and safety as a top priority and as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Rochester announced today its decision to suspend all large public events in City facilities and on City grounds through August 16, 2020.  This impacts three specific summer events.

Suspended events include: 

  • Rochester Police Department’s “Safe City Nights” program
  • Rochester Civic Music’s “Down by the Riverside” and “forWARD” free concert series
  • Rochester Downtown Alliance’s “Thursdays Downtown” street market and music festival

“This decision was not made without great thought and consideration. We continue to maintain a focus on the health and safety of our community. Teammates will work with local organizations to identifying creative opportunities to create and celebrate our community while we navigate the ongoing impacts of this unprecedented pandemic,” shares City Administrator Steve Rymer.  

While remaining in compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s phased “Stay Safe MN” program, event organizers are working together to explore ways to bring engaging and creative opportunities to community members in the coming months. 

Mayor Kim Norton said, "While it is unfortunate that we will not be able to go forward with these events in their typical format, it is the best decision we can make to keep everyone safe. We know community events add such vibrancy to our community and we are working hard on alternative opportunities."  

The City continues to monitor public health conditions, with their partners at Olmsted County Public Health, and will share further updates for events and activities scheduled after August 16, 2020 as more information becomes available.