Morristown cancels St. Patrick’s Parade over coronavirus concerns
MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morristown’s St. Patrick’s parade scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement comes amid heightened concern of the community spread due to the coronavirus, COVID-19. The parade committee and the town view the cancellation as a necessary precaution to minimize the spread of the virus and protect the health of our residents and visitors, officials said.
“We are disappointed by the decision, but it was entirely necessary,” the joint statement reads. “We’ve been cautiously optimistic that the parade could still go forward, but as other towns and cities across the country take the difficult but necessary step to cancel their events, we must as well in Morris County.”
The decision was made in a join effort with the Morris County Parade Committee, Mayor and administration office, town council, and county health department.
The committee and town are announcing, however, that a separate parade is in the works for late summer. The September event will be the halfway point to the 2021 parade festivities. More details on the event will come soon, officials said.
The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey has increased by eight, bringing the statewide total to 23 positive tests with one death, Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.