Celebrate Amherst Block Party banner, also in the downtown
In the past 24 hours I've received two emergency reverse 911 calls, one from the town health department warning residents to stay indoors after dark, and just now from School Superintendent Maria Geryk cancelling all after school sports until October 1st, all because Amherst is at "high risk" for mosquito-borne illness.
UMass/Amherst has also just now cancelled all nighttime outdoor activities.
So it really makes no sense for the town and Business Improvement District to move forward with the "Celebrate Amherst Block Party" scheduled for tomorrow night 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM outdoors, in the downtown, on a warm late summer evening.
Since the reverse 911 calls have probably reached a majority of households in the region (the schools encompass Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury) attendance will surely suffer. And if anybody should contract a mosquito borne disease after attending the event, a lawsuit could be costly.
And that's nothing to celebrate.