AURORA, IL - Amid the COVID-19 crisis, community events are being put on pause throughout the nation, including here in Aurora.
Out of an abundance of caution and following CDC guidelines for gatherings, the City of Aurora is canceling community events through the end of May.
“We are making this critical decision in the best interest of our entire community,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “With such uncertainty, we must be overly cautious as we plan gatherings for the near future. We all look forward to the time when Aurorans can come together again safely and celebrate in classic Aurora style.”
Canceled events include multiple 5K races, concerts, neighborhood festivals, carnivals and such City-organized large events as El Dia De Los Ninos, the Arbor Day Celebration, the Aurora Sports Festival and the Memorial Day Parade. Some events may be postponed until later in the year.
Aurora Downtown has already postponed the annual Food Truck Festival to October 2 and other events like Motorcycle Sunday, the Water Lantern Festival, the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, the Aurora Pride Parade and shows at the Paramount Theatre have been canceled or postponed as well.
“Making the decision with such advanced notice is a benefit to event organizers and potential participants,” said Mike Nelson, the City’s Special Events Coordinator. “Everyone has been very understanding and appreciative. We are definitely all in this together.”