RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — This weekend’s Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has been canceled due to COVID-19.
The event was initially scheduled for Sunday and would have featured close to 50 food truck vendors lining downtown Raleigh streets with fun and delicious food for attendees to try.
However, event organizers took to Facebook to say they are concerned about the delta variant and are therefore canceling the rodeo.
The post said the decision was made because many people are opting not to wear masks at outdoor events, and because the organizers say they do not have the capacity to do temperature checks at the event, they worry there may be highly contagious individuals in the crowd.
CBS 17 did reach out to the organizers and the City of Raleigh about the cancelation because more large events are planned for this summer and fall.
One such event is GalaxyCon, which starts Thursday, and is expected to bring thousands of people to the city.
Mike Broder with GalaxyCon released the following statement concerning the event’s health and safety efforts:
“The health and safety of our attendees and celebrity guests remains our number one priority this year. Along with our partners at the Raleigh Convention Center, we have put in place numerous measures to ensure we are limiting the risk to all who attend.
These include decisions we made early in our return to in person planning like decreasing our attendance by nearly one third, reducing our number of celebrity guests to focus on the most in demand stars, reducing our vendors but keeping our space the same to ensure greater social distancing, and the elimination of our popular tabletop gaming, video gaming, and wrestling events.
We coupled these with universally accepted best practices like increased daily cleaning to include overnight sanitation fogging, the cleaning of all high touch surfaces every hour on the hour, and the encouragement of masking, handwashing, vaccinations, and social distancing.
We believe these steps will help mitigate the risk to our attendees.”
There is also the IBMA World of Bluegrass festival in September and October that will see tens of thousands pack downtown Raleigh.
City spokeswoman Julie Milstead said the city continues to operate under the guidance of Gov. Roy Cooper. She said she can’t speak for other organizations, such as the Food Truck Rodeo organizers.
The next Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is currently scheduled for Sept. 26.