JOPLIN, Mo.— It’s a sad day in Joplin as Third Thursday activities have been canceled for the month of March to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Late Sunday night, the Downtown Joplin Alliance, host of the March-October festival announced the news to their Facebook followers, stating:
“Though there are currently no confirmed cases in the Joplin area at this time CDC recommendations now call for the cancellation of all gatherings over 50 people. This decision has not been made lightly as it affects vendors, local organizations, small businesses, restaurants, and many others.”
The event is designed with small businesses in mind, welcoming hundreds of people to the downtown Brick District for a night of live music and games surrounded by dozens of local vendors, schools, and non-profits.
“During this time it is even more important to remember that our local boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other small businesses are all being deeply affected by these recent developments and to support them through online purchasing, curbside and delivery options, and other appropriate means.”
The Downtown Joplin Alliance is encouraging the community to still shop local through online shopping, curbside pickup, social media support, and more.
The organization notes its eagerness to kick off the 2020 season, but adds it is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its weight on Joplin and the surrounding communities. The next Third Thursday is scheduled for April 16.