CHICAGO (CBS) — Hyde Park Summer Fest, scheduled for next month, has been canceled due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across Chicago.
Formerly known as Hyde Park Brew Fest, the event, scheduled for Sept. 11-12, was rebranded as Hyde Park Summer Fest this year, and moved from 53rd Street and Harper Court to the Midway Plaisance at 59th Street and Dorchester Avenue in order to allow for more space and provide more comfort for guests amid reopening during the pandemic.READ MORE: Police, CPS Increase School Safety Measures After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students, Social Media Threats Appear Directed At Simeon And Other Schools
However, on Wednesday, organizers announced the festival will be canceled this year, because coronavirus cases are climbing again.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
“With increasing COVID-19 cases and associated risks, we do not believe it is the right choice to move forward with the festival at this time. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but we believe putting the community’s health and safety first is the most responsible decision,” organizers stated on the event’s website. “Let us all protect our loved ones and prepare for a successful Hyde Park Summer Fest in 2022.”
The announcement comes as Chicago’s average daily COVID-19 case count has risen to 252 new cases per day, up 41% in the past week, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The city’s average test positivity rate is up to 3.5%, from 2.7% one week ago.MORE NEWS: Labor Shortage Blamed For Lack Of Headstone On Woman's Grave 8 Months After Her Death