Is my favorite MV or L festival still going on?

As summer festival season begins, the City of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Parks & Rec and the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) have begun to develop contingency plans for its 2020 festival schedule in light of the latest information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“Although at this time, no changes in any summer event has been planned,” said Chris Nosbisch, City of Mount Vernon administrator, “we are working very closely with Linn County Public Health and our various festival committees so as to be fully prepared to change or cancel events in real time based on the latest information as it becomes available.”

Mount Vernon is known throughout the region for its 14 festivals and events that welcome more than 50,000 tourists annually. As of today, no City- or CDG-sponsored Mount Vernon festival or event has been postponed, cancelled or otherwise altered.

“Information is changing every day,” said Mount Vernon Police Chief Doug Shannon. “And, of course, the health and safety of our community and its visitors are our primary concern. We plan to offer real-time information about each upcoming event through our various web sites and social media outlets. We are asking that individuals and families stay informed by logging onto the regularly updated information posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Linn County Public Health and check with the City of Mount Vernon and the CDG through the official web sites for ongoing updates about upcoming events and festivals.”

The City of Mount Vernon is asking the public to stay informed by regularly visiting these websites:

City of Mount Vernon:

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Iowa Department of Public Health:

Linn County Public Health:

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