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Main Street Newnan events canceled until August

  • By Laurel Huster
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  • May. 22, 2020 - 12:26 PM

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Newnan’s Downtown Development Authority board voted to cancel or postpone Main Street Newnan’s events in June and July.

All city events are canceled through June 15, which includes June’s Market Day and Summer NewnanNights. The board voted at their meeting Tuesday to postpone the Summer Wined-Up event that was scheduled to take place June 19.

The 4th of July parade and July’s Market Day and Summer NewnaNights have all been canceled as well.

Courtney Harcourt, Main Street manager, said there isn’t an option for them to control the number of people coming in and out of their events, and it would be difficult to do temperature checks and ensure everyone is wearing masks.

Harcourt said it would also be difficult to spread people out enough for social distancing at the events.

The DDA also decided that the Coweta County Farmers Market sponsored by the UGA Coweta County Extension Office could resume holding their weekly market on the square starting June 17, if they choose to do so.

To help downtown businesses, Harcourt said they are working on ideas for creative programs that will bring people downtown and follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.

Harcourt said they are hoping they will be able to host the Summer NewnaNights event in August, but will reevaluate closer to the date.

“I think the DDA’s main concern was the safety of the public and the safety of the store owners,” Chairman of the Board Ray DuBose said. “We decided to push it out a little further and those that we can reschedule, we will consider rescheduling.”

“It’s better for the health of everyone,” DuBose added.