Downtown Sonora

Three more downtown Sonora events will not go ahead as planned due to concerns about the coronavirus spread —2nd Saturday, Coffill Park Music Series and The Magic of the Night.

Katie Dunn, Sonora Chamber president, said the city told her organization to postpone 2nd Saturday and the music series until September. Similarly, the city has cancelled Magic of the Night, which was supposed to be held Aug. 7.

Dunn said she walked downtown to deliver the news of the postponement directly to merchants, who rely on the events to bring in customers.

"My news was met with complete understanding and, when asked, the vast majority of the merchants said that business is good," she wrote in the monthly chamber newsletter. "It was very encouraging to hear that not only are our local businesses surviving this pandemic but they're doing okay and are optimistic."

Magic of the Night will return in 2021, city officials said.

Rachelle Kellogg, Sonora's community development director, said at Monday night's City Council meeting, "God forbid we'll have to cancel the Christmas parade."

The parade is held the day after Thanksgiving. City officials hope the virus will be contained by then. Health officials have said Tuolumne County is past the containment phase and officials are trying now to mitigate it by encouraging mask wearing, social distancing and staying at home.

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