These Gwinnett cities are canceling large-scale public events on city property through July

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Some of the biggest cities in metro Atlanta announced they are curtailing large public events on city properties through the summer.

The cities of Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee collectively agreed to halt hosting large-scale public events on city properties through July 10.

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The announcement was to help “further reduce the community spread of COVID-19.” The cities say the actions “are being taken because large public events can create the types of close gatherings that are not recommended by health professionals at this time.”

“With summer quickly approaching, we have to make hard decisions regarding large scale events now. We hate to cancel our July 3rd celebration, but for an event of this scale the planning needs to happen now and there are simply too many unknowns,” said Nancy Harris, Duluth Mayor.

“As a result of the requirements to maintain physical distance, we are taking further actions to safeguard our community,” said Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington. “We greatly appreciate the ongoing cooperation and support of our citizenry in order to reduce the risk.”

The cities say they will take another look at the order in June to decide if they need to adjust their plans.

“The need to modify this date will be evaluated in mid-June,” said Suwanee City Manager Marty Allen. “Should circumstances change we will respond appropriately and adjust accordingly.”

People are urged to check individual city listings for event postponement, rescheduling, and cancellations.