Maritime Festival, summer concerts and movies canceled due to new COVID-19 concerns

Maritime Festival, summer concerts and movies canceled due to new COVID-19 concerns

August 19, 2021 / 6:50 PM This year’s Gig Harbor Maritime Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a press release from the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

The move was quickly followed by City of Gig Harbor, which canceled the remaining two concerts in its popular Summer Sounds series at Skansie Park, as well as a scheduled outdoor movie.

“We are very concerned about the health and safety of our community members, performers, vendors, volunteers and staff, and that is why we decided that canceling was the right thing to do,” chamber president and CEO Warren Zimmerman said in the press release announcing the Maritime Gig cancellation on Tuesday.The festival was scheduled to occur this weekend, Aug. 21-22.

In a press release Wednesday, the city said it was canceling the concert series “out of an abundance of caution and in light of Pierce County’s rising case rate due to the Delta variant.

“We look forward to bringing the event back in person in 2022, and hosting events for the holiday season when we are able to do so safety,” said Laura Pettitt, the city’s communications and tourism director.

The decision to cancel the maritime festival was made Tuesday afternoon, according to Zimmerman. The number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state has been rising and with the Delta variant present, there is an “increased health threat to the community.”

“The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce made plans to host the event in-person again this year back in the spring when COVID-19 cases were significantly lower. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks the region has seen the delta variant quickly spread. Based on current conditions, the chamber believes that the risk is too high for the event to continue,” Zimmerman said.

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce plans to host the festival “when it is once again safe to do so.” The chamber is tentatively planning on June 4-5, 2022.

The Maritime Festival was also canceled last summer due to the pandemic outbreak. It was delayed until August this summer in hopes the pandemic would recede, but the surge in the new Delta variant raised new concerns.

The two canceled Skansie concerts were to have featured The Paperboys on August 24 and the country recording artist Nate Botsford on August 31. The Friday Movie in the Park on August 27 was to have been “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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