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Updated Shamrock the Block and Church Hill Irish Festival are Postponed

The two largest St. Patrick Day related festivals are taking different approaches to the threat of COVID-19.

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Update 11:00 AM 2/12 Shamrock the Block is throwing in the towel as well. Statement below:

After speaking with the Mayor directly, we have decided that it is in all our interests to postpone Shamrock The Block for now.

For those who support the festival, the jobs it creates, the economic benefit to the neighborhood it brings and the basic joy of being outside with your friends, we say thank you and we will be back once the fear of gathering has subsided. Mayor Stoney and the City of Richmond have pledged their full support for Shamrock’s return, and we are grateful for that.

Once we have a reschedule date, we will post and let the news outlets know.

Cheers!
The Shamrock Team

Original Post:

Two festivals two different approaches. Shamrock the Block which takes place on Arthur Ashe Boulevard is still planning on hosting their party this Saturday. The Church Hill Irish Festival which was scheduled for next week has decided to postpone its 35th Annual Festival.

From the Church Hill Festival

In the interest of our community health and well being, and after speaking with the Mayors Office and City Officials, we have to postpone the 35th Annual Irish Festival until a later date. It breaks our heart for this to happen, but we must keep in mind that the purpose of the Festival is to benefit our community and to celebrate our heritage. This is the right choice at this time☘️
We are sorry for the inconvenience and we pray for the health of anyone affected by this situation.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Shamrock the Block released this statement:

We want to be thoughtful but not live in fear. We have been monitoring the current news daily and we believe common sense is king here. We are asking people to use their common sense. If you are sick, stay home. If you have concerns, stay home. As event organizers, we always have hand washing stations at the event for health reasons, but we are following the CDC recommendations and are strongly encouraging hand washing throughout the day. We are adding more hand washing stations that can be refilled with soap and water as well as additional hand sanitizing stations inside all of the portalets. To add to that, making it easier for more people to get the 20 seconds recommended and shorten the lines, we have acquired a large water truck that is also equipped with water spigots and soap stations that will be available all day. All of our beer pourers, volunteers and ticket sellers will be provided gloves/disinfectant wipes to use and the kids area will use sanitizing wipes throughout the day on the equipment. Unless we are told otherwise by officials, we are moving forward. We hope for everyone that comes out to have a fun, healthy and enjoyable day.

Cheers,
Shamrock the Block Crew

 

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