Harrisonburg Executives Focus On Safety At Big Upcoming Events


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The annual Block Party in the Burg is an opportunity for James Madison University students to explore downtown Harrisonburg.

Earlier this week, Harrisonburg city council members said they were hesitant about larger events planned in the city like the block party.

“I think we were all cautious about the size of the crowd that would be here for the block party,” said Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed.

Reed said the board had finally moved the event forward and looked forward to welcoming the students back, with safety a top priority.

“We are delighted to be back with our JMU students. They represent a large part of our community and we are also grateful that they have been vaccinated, ”said Reed. “We are trying to get things back on track. Our businesses need support and just having people back in town, back in our downtown area, it’s exciting. But, we are aware that we are still fighting this pandemic. “

Reed said CDC recommendations will be followed and masks are encouraged if someone is vaccinated and is uncomfortable in a large crowd.

JMU spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass said out of caution and to support the city, students were asked to dress up during the event.

“It’s important for all of us to stay strong, but we kind of keep moving forward. We don’t want to go back, ”Reed said.

Reed said the council will continue to monitor the pandemic and make adjustments if necessary.

For more information on road closures and parking in downtown Harrisonburg during the ‘Block Party in the’ Burg ‘event, click here.

Another event planned for downtown Harrisonburg is the “Best.Weekend.Ever” which will take place September 3-5.

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