FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- May 6, 2020 – West Allis, WIS – The City of West Allis Events Committee and West Allis Health Department announced today they have made the difficult decision to cancel all City of West Allis community events regularly scheduled through July 4, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Events impacted included the City’s Memorial Day Parade, West Allis Fire Department Open House, Food Truck Fridays at West Allis Farmers Market, and the City’s Independence Day Parade and Fireworks.
The committee unanimously agreed with the advice of the Health Department that cancelling events through this time period was in the best interest of potential vendors, performers, and guests. “Ensuring the safety of the public is our top priority,” said West Allis Mayor Dan Devine. “We understand these events are a tradition in our community and the decision to cancel them this year was an incredibly painful one. We look forward to 2021, when we hope to host these events and bring the community together to celebrate once again.”
The announcement follows a release earlier this week from the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District to cancel its popular West Allis A La Carte event, scheduled for June 7. “All of the organizations that partner together to host events for our community are facing impossible decisions this year,” noted Devine. “We realize how important opportunities to gather together are, but in our current situation, public health takes priority and we simply cannot take the risk of forging ahead with large events.”
While public events are canceled through July 4, West Allis Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 9, as farmers markets are considered essential businesses under Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order. Extensive measures are in place to support the safety of vendors and shoppers at the Market, including handwashing stations, one-way aisles, and limited contact between vendors, shoppers, and products. Popular events at the Market like Food Truck Fridays and West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe’s Curds & Kegs event will not be held at this time.
The Events Committee and West Allis Health Department will meet in June to reassess City events planned for the latter half of 2020. City events are supported largely by donation. Those wishing to support City events may do so through the West Allis Community Improvement Foundation at www.westallisfoundation.org.
To ensure access to the latest information and guidance, the City has provided resources on its website with the latest COVID-19 information and preventative recommendations, and encourages everyone to keep informed and act accordingly as new information is released. For additional information, visit www.westalliswi.gov/coronavirus.