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Officials in Roselle are announcing the cancellation of large-scale special events and festivals through the end of June 2021. This cancellation affects the Rose Parade and the Rose Festival, which are typically held in Roselle the first weekend in June. The announcement comes as COVID-19 metrics show cases and positivity rates inching up in Illinois, even as vaccination opportunities increase.
“The health and safety of Village of Roselle residents, employees, and visitors continues to be a top priority for Village officials and special event organizers in the community,” said Roselle Mayor Andy Maglio. “Planning for future large-scale events in Roselle will depend on the status of the State’s Restore Illinois Plan. I am hopeful that other special events in our community, like the annual July 3 fireworks display and the Taste of Roselle can return in some way this year, but these events may look different this year because of the pandemic.”
According to the State’s Restore Illinois Plan, festivals and large special events will return in Phase 5, which does not have any pandemic-related limits to crowd capacities. Governor Pritzker announced a new metrics-based “Bridge Phase” in the Restore Illinois Plan late last week that will increase, but not eliminate, capacity limitations on indoor and outdoor settings as the state continues to move towards fully reopening in Phase 5.