PLANS PROCEEDING FOR MACOMB’S 2021 HERITAGE DAYS FESTIVAL: DEPENDENT ON STATE ENTERING PHASE 5 OF RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN

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The Macomb Heritage Days Committee, the City of Macomb, and the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors
Bureau (MACVB) have concluded a Heritage Days celebration can be held this summer if the State’s Phase 5 of the Restore
Illinois Plan
can be implemented on or before the third week of June. Though it is not possible to accurately predict whether
the State would be in Phase 5 before the end of June 2021, the Committee based its decision to move forward with plans to
hold the annual event after meetings with the McDonough County Health Department, McDonough District Hospital, the City
of Macomb and the latest information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); particularly that
COVID19 vaccinations are becoming more broadly available and infection rates and hospitalizations are trending remarkably
lower. Governor Pritzker’s encouraging Thursday press conference mapping a path to the State’s entry into Phase 5 of the
“Restore Illinois Plan,” additionally bolstered the Committee’s decision to proceed with the 2021 Heritage Days festival.
“We’re making an optimistic ‘roll of the dice’ because we had to cancel Heritage Days last year and we know we all certainly
need and deserve a celebration”, said Heritage Days Co-Chair Jock Hedblade. “But there’s a definite caveat, we have to be in
Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, when large outdoor events will again be permitted and can assure the safety of attendees.
But the Governor’s press conference was very encouraging, so, we’re going to stay positive, plan a great event and keep our
fingers crossed,” Hedblade added.
“We feel it is prudent and we support the decision to move forward with planning for this year’s event,” said Macomb Mayor
Michael Inman, “The Committee and the City are committed because we understand the significance of Heritage Days to our
community. But again, we want to be certain it can be held in a safe environment and with public health concerns in mind
relative to the Restore Illinois Plan”, Inman stated.
The Macomb Heritage Days Committee has resumed work on planning the event. The Committee also decided 2021
Heritage Days theme would be “Community Strong.” The theme is a nod to the resilience, determination, and togetherness
the community has displayed during this global pandemic crisis. Macomb Heritage Days 2021 is scheduled for Thursday thru
Sunday, June 24-27. Vendor and parade registration forms are available at MacombHeritageDays.com.

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