COVID Cancellations: A Running List of Suspensions and Closures in Arizona

Lisa HonebrinkJanuary 5, 2021
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Due to the resurgence of COVID, cancelations, suspensions and closures are widespread. Here are a few of the latest announcements.

Sadly, you won’t be chomping on big drumsticks at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in 2021.  Even though event organizers had government approval to proceed, they decided to cancel the February opening due to “the increasing health and safety concerns.”

Arizona Theatre Company has chosen to delay its 54th Season. “While we won’t be in the theaters, please know that the work continues,” its statement reads in part. “Our creative team has been busy with a series of premiere works in development that will be presented in the next several months.”

Barrett-Jackson is delaying its late-January car auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale to March 24-28. Current ticket holders can have their tickets transferred to the new event dates, while full refunds will also be available.

GRID bike share announced it was terminating its Phoenix/Tempe program effective December 31, citing “the changing landscape.” The program began in Phoenix six years ago. According to the Phoenix Street Transportation Department ,those who live Downtown will still have access to electric scooters, and the city “is hopeful that in the future we will be able to implement another regional bike share.”

Tempe-based Lakeshore Music, Inc., has canceled its entire six-concert 2021 winter-spring season, due to the continued closure of Tempe Center for the Arts. Lakeshore President Woody Wilson says that those who purchased season subscriptions will have their money refunded. Lakeshore plans to return in September 2021, with a 10-concert schedule through May 2022.

The City of Tempe has decided to close down city gyms and fitness centers and to stop sports tournaments, to help avoid large gatherings. Its website will provide updates.

The City of Phoenix has temporarily closed the Phoenix athletic fields, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes to tournaments and organized games. “Let me emphasize: the decision was not to close all city parks and playgrounds,” explains Mayor Kate Gallego. “I encourage people to continue to cautiously exercise outdoors in our parks, while strictly following CDC guidelines for masking and physical distancing.” She adds, “The good news about vaccines shows us there is light at the end of the tunnel. We need to stay strong until then.”

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