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Tallahassee commissioners approve 4 events pending COVID-19 safety

4 spring events approved
Posted at 11:16 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 23:16:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee City Commission approved four public events at the Wednesday meeting.

The Horse Trials, Word of South, The Southern Shakespeare and the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival have to meet certain criteria with Tallahassee leaders to get the all-clear.

"It draws a crowd of up to 20,000 spectators from all over," said Lori Elliott, communications and marketing director with Red Hills Horse Trials.

Elliott says people coming by the thousands to see some of the best horses in the world, will have to watch online.

It is just one of the changes event organizers are making to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Events will have reduced capacity or no spectators at all.

"Staggered arrival time, color coated seating arrangements so that we've got people in certain areas so we're not overcapacity in any area," said Liane Giroux, Executive Director of the Southern Shakespeare Festival.

The Southern Shakespeare Festival will eliminate food trucks and only allow beverages for their event.

As for Word of South, they're taking everything outdoors.

And you won't get into the event without a ticket.

"We are going to limit seating at all of the stages so we can social distance some folks. We sort of have a maximum for each stage So once we get to that capacity we cant do more there," said Mark Mustian, President of Word of South.

ABC 27 spoke to the Chain of Parks art festival before they got the green light.

They'll have one-way walking paths.

"A specific entrance where volunteers will check you in and make sure you're wearing your face covering," Powell Kreis, manager of the Chain of Parks Art festival said.

All organizers trying to find the balance between fun and safety.

"Everyone has health and safety first and foremost. That's the number one priority for all of us," said Elliot.