ROME, N.Y. – Although New York is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, some local events still can’t go on under the current guidelines – including Rome’s annual Honor America Days weekend.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday capacity restrictions will be lifted across the state for many venues mid-May, but the limit on outdoor gatherings is still capped at 500, unless all attendees can show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Six feet of social distancing must also be maintained, even if capacity restrictions no longer apply.
Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo says it would be impossible to hold the Honor America Days parade and symphony concert, because there is no practical way to ensure social distancing or check every attendee for proof of vaccination.
“Unfortunately, with these restrictions in place it would be impossible for the Honor America Days Committee to verify vaccination or COVID-19 test results for thousands of spectators plus enforce 6-foot physical distancing,” said Izzo. “We will therefore have to forego Honor America Days this summer and look forward to 2022. I know this is not what the community had been hoping for, but we must comply with New York State restrictions to control the public health emergency.”
Other traditional local events that have already announced cancellations for this summer include the Woodsmen’s Field Days in Boonville and the Remsen Barn Fest.
The New York State Fair is still scheduled to go on this summer, with capacity limited to 50%.