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Celebrate Amherst Block Party Cancelled for 2021

 Block Party Cancelled for 2021

 
September 7, 2021 [Amherst, MA] — It is with great regret that the Amherst Downtown BID announces that it is canceling the 2021 Block Party, scheduled to happen this year for Friday, September 17th, 2021.
 
Our decision was hard, but after consulting with public health experts as well as businesses and community members, we feel it is the right decision at this time. Having a remarkable restaurant selection in our downtown, the Block Party has an undeniable food-forward focus where contact is inevitable and masks are cumbersome and make it difficult to communicate. We are also very aware that our children under 12 are still not vaccinated and we do not want to put anyone at risk of exposure but also did not want to have our youngest community members miss out on more, knowing it was happening and not being able to attend for their safety.
 
While we feel very confident that being outdoors without masks is safe, we do not want in any way to build an event that could be responsible for any rise in numbers and therefore create a stricter mask mandate or gathering restrictions.  We are also very aware of how many of our small businesses are struggling to find staff and are working tirelessly to keep their businesses open. Adding the stress of manning outdoor tents while keeping their establishments open was a prominent factor in this decision.
 
The annual Block Party is a great community event meant to bring people of all ages together, engage with each other, appreciate artists and performers and support the local businesses in our downtown. This year’s Block Party would have been the 9th annual. It is a much-loved and well-attended celebration of the start of the fall semester for Amherst colleges and the university. We look forward to organizing the Block Party for a safer time.

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