Norfolk Festevents ‘TGWO: Thank Goodness We’re Open’ outdoor event series canceled due to COVID-19 concerns


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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Despite the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout the city, Norfolk Festevents announced on Thursday that it was planning to launch a new outdoor series called “TGWO – Thank Goodness We’re Open.”

On Friday, Festevents said that after another record day of new positive COVID-19 cases in Norfolk, the city and venue made the decision to postpone the events until further notice.

Norfolk reported 2,020 cases with 137 hospitalizations and a death count of 19. That is an increase of 134 cases and three hospitalizations within the 24 hours of the initial event announcement.

The series was set to take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning on July 23, and run through August at a designated area at Town Point Park in Norfolk. The weekly neighborhood outdoor movie series was scheduled to start the Tuesday before.

The Norfolk Department of Health approved TGWO and the neighborhood movie plan. The plan included full social distancing and mask regulations and a capacity cap at 1,000 people — which is approved under the phase 3 guidelines.

The City of Norfolk, Festevents and the Norfolk Department of Health said in a statement that they will continue to work together to ensure the health and safety of the community and make decisions regarding future TGWO and neighborhood outdoor movie events.

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