The children as well as adults in O'Neill and Holt County will have a tough summer to get through with all the regulations being put on the public by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of Wednesday June 3. the Summerfest Rodeo has been canceled because of the regulations set by the state and the city are to hard to comply with. The big Casey Donahew concert has also been moved to next summer.
The city is asking the Chamber to sign a waiver excluding the city from liability and come up with a million dollar insurance policy to cover anyone who may contract the virus. Every contestant that would want to compete in the rodeo will also have to sign a waiver and release at the gate if they want to compete which is almost logistically impossible.
The swimming pool will probably not open. The parks board met last Wednesday, May 27 and with the regulations laid down by the state, opening the pool probably will not be able to happen until mid-July which would leave less than a few weeks for the pool to remain open and would probably still be under social distancing guidelines. According to city officials it may not be worth opening at all. Gatherings will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 25 percent of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) for gatherings held at: indoor or outdoor arenas, indoor or outdoor auctions, stadiums, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, zoos, auditoriums, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, indoor theaters, libraries, swimming pools or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.
Baseball will also suffer with crowd interaction cut and guidelines as to distancing in the dugout being enforced. Some of the younger children's teams have already settled on just playing local scrimmages and not traveling out of town. Limited and non-contact team sports, including baseball, softball and volleyball games may begin June 18.
The Murphy Theatre in Stuart is going to wait until further restrictions are lifted before they decide when a summer movie may be shown.