HUDSON — Reaction to the novel coronavirus is now affecting life through the end of summer.
The city has announced that all of its outdoor activities scheduled on public property will be canceled through Aug. 31.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current mass gathering restrictions by the state of Ohio Stay At Home Order, the City together with the many special event organizers, have made the difficult decision to cancel all special events on public property," city officials posted on the city’s website on May 1. "This decision was not made lightly and was made with the safety of the whole community in mind. The city is continuing to monitor the situation and will determine the status of events in September through the end of the year at a later date."
The Farmer’s Market, however, is still expected to be open for business, however.
"The Hudson Farmers Market is working with health officials and the Ohio Farmers Market Network on a safe way to hold the event as Farmers Markets have been deemed essential by the State of Ohio," city officials stated. "Details will be released once safety procedures and plans are finalized."
According to organizers with the Hudson Farmer’s Market, "like grocery stores, farmer's markets are considered essential businesses in Ohio."
"But we still want to assure that our shoppers, vendors, volunteers and neighbors are safe," stated organizers with the Hudson Farmer’s Market on an April 23 Facebook post. "That is why we've been working with the city of Hudson and the State of Ohio via the Ohio Farmers Market Network to develop safety procedures. We'll be working with the city and our vendors to make the Hudson Farmer's Market as safe as possible."
This year’s market will be on both the Clocktower and Gazebo Greens as well as on Church Street between North Main and East Main, and is scheduled to begin June 6, according to information from the organizers.
Organizers from Hudson Screen on the Green stated they were considering their options in a May 2 Facebook post.
"Our board has been discussing possible paths forward to make sure that our community is safe and that we are acting within appropriate guidelines as set forward by the state of Ohio, all while protecting the integrity of our events," according to the post by Hudson Screen on the Green. "We are exploring several options and will continue to update our Facebook page with information as it is confirmed."
This year’s Art on the Green, organized by the Hudson Society of Artists, is canceled. Artists and vendors who have paid entry and/or jury fees will receive a full refund. The event, in its 40th year, was supposed to be Aug. 29 and 30.
The Hudson Garden Club earlier announced the annual Hudson Home and Garden Tour, slated for June 18 and 19, would also be canceled for this year.
"With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for social distancing, the Hudson Garden Club has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Hudson Home and Garden Tour," stated representatives from the garden club in an April 11 Facebook post. "We greatly appreciate all the homeowners, hosts/hostesses, and volunteers who have spent so much time in planning and preparation to make this year’s event a success. The good news is that many of this year’s homeowners have already agreed to participate in 2021."
The Hudson Garden Club has organized the tours since 1946, according to the visitors’ guide published by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce.