The following message was posted on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on May 20.
“A Message to Our Residents, Businesses and Neighbors,
“The Corona Virus/Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on every form of government, business and individual throughout our Country. I can think of no other event in modern history that has had such a devastating impact on our entire globe simultaneously. For some this may be illness or loss of a loved one, others may be feeling a financial setback and even more of us are experiencing a loss of normalcy.
“As most of you are aware, Governor Cuomo and his staff have established a four phase plan for ‘re-opening’ New York State. At this point, the span between phases is two weeks; in other words, we must move through phase I, which began on Tuesday May 19th, for a period of two weeks, with no major set-backs before we can advance to phase II.
“Unfortunately, large group gatherings, traditional summer events, concerts and festivals, recreation and sporting events, in phase IV create a series of factors making it extremely difficult, if not impossible to keep folks safe while maintaining ‘social distancing.’
“Throughout this epic event, the Town of Niagara has and will continue to place the health and safety of our constituents and neighbors as our number one priority. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the following events and activities for the summer of 2020:
√ Trash to Treasure
√ Music Mania Mondays Concert Series
√ Pride in the Park (Including fireworks)
√ Youth recreation programs, including youth baseball and softball
√ Senior recreation programs including the annual senior picnic.
“We are currently formulating a plan to re-open the town hall using a phased-in approach which will be announced shortly. In the meantime, if you have pressing business, you can contact the office in question and someone will respond to you within a few days.”