Lima chamber calls off Summer Block Party; Berger said event was not ‘sanctioned’


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LIMA — The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce canceled its Hello Summer Block Party “due to unforeseen circumstances” on Tuesday morning, less than a day after Lima’s mayor said the event wasn’t sanctioned by the city.

“Unfortunately, the Hello Summer Block Party was originally designed as an informational session and has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances this has been canceled,” according to an email from Nicole Scott at the chamber.

In line with state health orders, Lima Mayor David Berger clarified Monday night that the City of Lima was not sanctioning the proposed event — the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Hello Summer Block Party — which had been scheduled to be held in Lima’s Town Square just outside the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon.

“Similar to other events that have been suspended, this event is NOT (sic) sanctioned by the City of Lima, and participants will assume all liability for their involvement.” Berger said in a press release. “We again ask the organizers and those planning on participating to postpone the event and instead follow the health and safety orders against mass gatherings issued by the Ohio Department of Health and avoid large crowds.”

The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce sent out information Monday about the summer block party outside Crouse Performance Hall at the Civic Center. The event was scheduled to be free and open to the public.

This is the second time in a week that the mayor has released such a statement asking that event organizers put a hold on hosting large gatherings in the city. The first asked Juneteenth organizers to do the same.

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