LEESBURG – The Leesburg Partnership continues to be weighing the choice on whether or not to schedule its annual Bikefest in November.
“We don’t have a solution but. I do know it’s being mentioned,” stated Joe Shipes, CEO of the Leesburg Partnership, which places on the occasion.
“Hopefully a choice might be made quickly as a result of plenty of planning has to happen,” he stated. “It should be at the very least by the center of September and we’re actual shut.”
The occasion, which is often held on April, was postponed because of the pandemic.
The group and its members have taken a giant hit from Covid-19.
“We’ve misplaced some companies. They’re all struggling,” Shipes stated. “So many downtowns depend on occasions.”
The Partnership has requested the town for assist. On July 27, the Leesburg Metropolis Fee voted to show a $78,000 mortgage right into a grant, but it surely backed off laying out extra after suggesting the Partnership apply for federal CARES Act funding. The Partnership has reduce bills and workers.
The Leesburg occasion attracts an estimated 150,000 motorbike fanatics for 3 days of partying and scoping out bands, bikini contests, tattoos and glowing chrome. The occasion brings in a lot of enterprise and funds for non-profits.
This yr’s large motorbike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, is embroiled in controversy over Covid-19.
A California analysis group estimates that that occasion led to greater than 260,000 coronavirus instances within the month following the occasion, based on the Sioux Falls Argus Chief newspaper. The Heart for Well being Economics and Coverage Research at San Diego State College printed its findings Saturday.
The quantity is radically increased than the variety of instances reported by each the South Dakota well being division and the Related Press, based on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who on Tuesday stated the research was “fiction” and criticized journalists who reported on it.
South Dakota listed 124 instances and the Related Press reported there have been 290 instances in 12 states.
“They’re not actual numbers,” stated Shipes, who learn the information story. “It’s unhappy.”
The San Diego researchers didn’t do contact tracing and attempt to determine particular individuals who had the illness and handed it on to others. As a substitute, they regarded on the areas that despatched the most individuals to the rally and the way case tendencies modified after the occasion.