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April 13, 2021

Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Festival Cancelled

Acting on the guidance of state public health officials, the City of Sunnyside has cancelled in-person Cinco de Mayo events planned for April 30-May 2, 2021.

Cinco de Mayo has drawn 25,000 participants historically. Adhering to the state’s strict public health guidance for fairs and festivals would have made holding the event infeasible, including:
• Only 400 participants could be allowed in the event area at a time.
• Controlled entry points to the event area would be needed.
• Face masks and 6’ social distancing would be required.

Event coordinator A&A Promotions and the City have been working closely with health officials to monitor the status of the pandemic and to try to adapt to the evolving public health requirements.

This was a very difficult decision for all involved, as we know this action has an economic and emotional impact on residents, vendors, and performers. However, we also understand the need to protect the health and well-being of our community.

We are already looking ahead to our next signature event, Sunshine Days, coming up in September. We urge residents to keep up their efforts to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated so that event restrictions are fully eased this summer.

As of April 12, 2021, Yakima County has reported 29,629 COVID-19 cases, and 395 residents have lost their lives to COVID-19. When we canceled Cinco de Mayo events in 2020, there were just 147 cases and 3 deaths reported in Yakima County.

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