* Most people understand that the executive orders didn’t shut down society, the virus did. And here’s one more example of the virus’ impact…
For the first time since the Grant Park Music Festival was established in 1935, the institution will fall silent.
The festival has canceled all its events running June 10 through Aug. 15 in Millennium Park and across the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just ensuring the safety of the (Grant Park) Orchestra and Chorus, the administrative staff, our production crew, our patrons – that really drove our decision,” said festival President and CEO Paul Winberg in an interview Monday morning.
“It’s just not safe or prudent to move forward with our festival season. This is going to have a tremendous financial impact on the organization. We’ve been busily trying to assess what that even would look like.”
No government ordered them to do that.
* Even so, some folks are still having trouble getting their minds around this…
The superintendent of a West Central Illinois expressed disappointment following the Illinois State Board of Education’s decision to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies statewide because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ISBE issued a statement Friday in which it encouraged school districts honor graduates virtually, but acknowledged that virtual events may not be possible in all situations. Drive-in, drive-through and individualized ceremonies are permitted - as long as they abide by specific IBOE criteria and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Superintendent John Asplund of Galesburg Community School District 205 told WGIL radio that the district planned to hold an in-person ceremony prior to the state board’s order and would still like to have one once ceremonies are permitted.
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