By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, July 24, 2020.
The COVID pandemic caused all of us in Snohomish County to make significant changes in our lives this year. Currently, Phase 2 Safe Start limits us to social get-togethers of five people or less and keeps us from many activities. Even when we get to Phase 3 the limit for gatherings only increases to groups of 10.
With COVID infections continuing to rise it seems unlikely that restrictions will ease in the near future. At the July 7th city council meeting Mayor Pam Pruitt said, “We are not getting into Phase 3 it looks like anytime soon.”
Local government agencies and community groups have been forced to cancel many annual events to avoid further spread of the virus.
In a Tuesday, July 21st, Facebook post the Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce informed the public that they canceled the Mill Creek Festival, “Unfortunately the Mill Creek Festival Committee has been considering all current information available and made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair.”
In a telephone message Mill Creek Town Center Business Association spokesperson Heidi Butz said on Thursday, July 23rd, the decision was made to cancel all planned events through the end of October. She went on to say that it is also very unlikely that this year’s Santa Parade will occur.
Here is a list of local events that have been affected by the pandemic:
- Mill Creek Garage Sales - May garage sale canceled, October garage sale tentative.
- Run of the Mill 5K - Canceled.
- Mill Creek Town Center Concert Series - Canceled.
- Mill Creek Town Center Art Walks - Canceled.
- Snohomish County Movies and Games in the Park - Canceled.
- Mill Creek Festival - Canceled.
- Evergreen State Fair - Canceled.
- Hispanic Heritage Parade & Festival - Canceled.
- Mill Creek Town Center Kid’s Fest - Canceled.
- Treats on Main Street - Canceled.
- Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony - Unlikely.