Michael Arnone announced via Facebook post that Crawfish Festival that was set to take place Aug. 27 through 29 has been canceled.
2 weeks ago I was full of hope. I just knew it was going to be the biggest fest ever. The Covid Delta Varient is trending upwards around the country. The CDC has recently issued new guidelines. The CDC says vaccinated people should get tested if exposed even with no symptoms. We know people will be exposed at the Crawfish Fest.NJ has a high vaccination rate, but that does not help us as we draw from all over the country. We have over 100 band members coming in from Louisiana where our vaccination rate is hovering around 35%. The CDC stated people with weakened immunity should wear a mask. Our dance hall is indoors and our Pavillion stage is covered, semi- indoors with people dancing and touching. The CDC stated vaccinated people who are infected by Delta may carry a large amount of the virus and transmit it to others. We know there may be unvaccinated folks there. The CDC is advising people to wear a mask indoors following exposure for 14 days or until a negative test. The CDC further states you should isolate for 10 days if your test is positive. The CDC advises distancing outside. I just don’t see that happening with our 3 day festival with people being so close. A paint line is not going to protect people. On a hot day in August, sweaty masks most likely will be coming off. It will be near impossible to keep people masked and at a safe distance.I did not come to this decision lightly. This is my livelihood. My number one rule has always been “no one gets hurt. See you June 3-5, 2022. I just don’t see any other way.
This cancelation marks yet another call from the live event sphere for the need for safety in the community in regards to the Delta variant that is sweeping the country and world.