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Journal Times editorial: Plan for summer events, with contingencies
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Journal Times editorial: Plan for summer events, with contingencies

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It’s only February, but before you know it summer will be here. That is hard to imagine with current subzero wind chills, but we have to have something to look forward to.

While the warmer temperatures are appealing, so is a return to a somewhat normal post-COVID life and the events that includes.

“During particularly stressful moments in time, like our current pandemic, it can be more beneficial to have something to look forward to,” said Atlanta therapist LeNaya Smith Crawford in a Huffington Post report.

That was echoed by Ryan Howes, a clinical psychologist in Pasadena, Calif.

“You’re imagining a new potential future — one with good times and challenges overcome instead of a bleak, powerless tomorrow,” Howes said in the Huffington Post.

This weekend, Lake Geneva pulled off its annual Winterfest. People were asked to wear masks outside and a plan for one-way walking traffic was put in place to allow for distancing.

Country Thunder announced plans to return to the Town of Randall festival site from July 15-18 for its concert series. The EAA also announced plans to hold its annual air show.

At the same time, Summerfest has opted to delay the festival until September to give extra time for the vaccine. Other organizations may also need to look at similar adjustments.

Maybe it’s selling multiple tiers of tickets. Tier one guarantees you a spot with room for social distancing. Tier two saves you a spot if it becomes safe. Or limit ticket sales like the Packers did for the playoff games.

Looking ahead, contingency plans should be put in place for events like the Fourth of July parade and fireworks. Last year Racine had a traveling parade that went through neighborhoods. That was a fun way to celebrate, but unfortunately not everyone was able to see it. And the fireworks were canceled. Maybe a type of reverse parade could be considered where people drive by the floats or the route could be lengthened to allow additional distancing.

To help make future events a reality, contingency plans should be put in place now. We don’t want another summer of cancellations. There is time now to come up with a plan.

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