Millvale Music Pageant returns this weekend regardless of spike in COVID-19 circumstances – WPXI

MILLVALE, Pennsylvania – The Millvale Music Festival is an event that music lovers have been patiently waiting for. It attracts thousands of people and the city’s population is expected to triple this weekend.

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But the reality is that COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

The latest numbers from Allegheny County speak for themselves. Nearly 400 new cases of COVID-19 were reported over a 48-hour period.

Despite the stats, the Millvale Music Festival is in full swing.

“There are still a lot of considerations and things that people talk about, worry about, and that’s fair,” said festival organizer Paul Bossung.

There is no obligation to wear a mask on the open-air stages; and for indoor venues and vendors, it is up to each company to determine what it thinks is best, and feelings are certainly mixed.

“I would encourage everyone to keep their masks off, especially in stores. It’s a difficult subject. I would say that everyone does what feels safe, ”said saleswoman Anika Ignozzi.

Event organizers told Channel 11 that some companies strongly recommend masks for all customers and require masks if they haven’t been vaccinated, but it’s nearly impossible to monitor an honor system.

“It’s up to the local shops. We organize the festival, but that’s not our business. So if any of them take special precautions, it’s up to them. But as a festival we ask everyone to do what they think is safe, ”said Bossung.

Another popular festival, Picklesburgh, is slated for later this month.

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Vaccinations are recommended for all participants and a mask is required for those who have not been vaccinated.

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