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West Chester re-evaluates summer events

Post Date:05/07/2020 9:55 AM

UPDATE: West Chester has made the difficult decision to cancel its July concerts on The Square @ Union Centre (Thursdays) and at Keehner Park (Saturdays). After working with state and local health departments, it is clear that Township facilities and staff are not equipped to meet the health and safety obligations required to accommodate crowds at large-scale outdoor events in this time when the threat of the spread of COVID-19, an infectious respiratory disease, remains heightened. For the wellbeing of everyone involved, concerts will be postponed again to tentatively begin in August with some make-up dates to be added in September. West Chester will continue to work with all parties to find solutions that balance our sense of community with our responsibility to minimize risk. Please check back online at and follow West Chester Township on social media for further updates.

One of the defining characteristics of our community is how we bring friends and neighbors together to celebrate. In particular, the summer event season has become a cherished tradition in West Chester.

For these reasons, we are sad to announce the difficult decision to cancel large community events scheduled for the month of June 2020. This includes the Touch A Truck event, initially planned for June 12, and all eight Thursday and Saturday night summer concert performances for the month.

“This is a really difficult decision for us,” said Barbara Wilson, director of Public Information & Engagement. “Celebrating together is one of our favorite things to do as a community, but after much consideration we just don’t think our community will be ready for large events in June.”

Unfortunately, the challenges associated with the size and scope of these types of gatherings leaves little choice. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, everyone has been asked to make compromises to balance personal comforts against the health, safety and wellbeing of our community at-large.

While we won’t be able to see the familiar faces of our residents and stakeholders come together at large public events this June, West Chester is holding out hope for the weeks and months beyond. At this time, summer concerts and events are scheduled to move forward from July 2020 onward. Officials will continue to monitor the situation and update the status of future events on a month-by-month basis as more information becomes available.

Additionally, West Chester will consider some “virtual” events to enjoy with your family at home, and options to add free summer concerts to the community calendar for the month of September, weather permitting.

West Chester's Farmers Market and small-scale gatherings, like Acoustic Jam and Second Sunday Kite Flying, will continue to operate with extra precautions in place. 

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