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Despite Texas economy slowly re-opening, COVID-19 still has impact on summer activities

The City of Waco canceled the 2020 Brazos Nights concert series and annual Fourth on the Brazos celebration Wednesday.

WACO, Texas — Despite the Texas economy slowly re-opening, COVID-19 will still have an impact on summer activities.

The City of Waco canceled the 2020 Brazos Nights concert series and annual Fourth on the Brazos celebration Wednesday. The mayor said it is something the city hates to have to do, but the cancellation was caused by the uncertainty of the current pandemic. 

Around 15,000 people usually attend the event at McLane Stadium. Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said that even though the economy is slowly opening, that does not mean the coronavirus threat is over. 

"I think that’s the human tendency,” Deaver said. “We’re tired. Our attention span is full of coronavirus and we are ready to move on, but we can’t move on. If we do that and don’t continue to observe these cautions, we are setting ourself up for another really big problem."

The city said with state restrictions and recommendations still in place for social gatherings, they anticipate the need to continue social distancing. Waco had to make the decision to cancel the event because of contract considerations. 

“We can’t wait until close to the Fourth of July to decide if we are going to have fireworks and so we can’t see at this point it will be safe to do that," Deaver said. 

Deaver sais COVID-19 numbers in McLennan County have gone down and Waco and McLennan County have a better positivity rate than most places in Texas.

At one point, Waco and McLenann County had a 10 percent positivity rate. Now the positivity rate is below one percent.

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