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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Cherry Blossom Festival returns in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The festival will feature the same COVID-19 protocols we’ve grown used to seeing.
“We will have hand washing stations, there will be masks available and we will also be doing temperature checks at different check points for each event,” Cherry Blossom Marketing and Events manager Arah Adams said.
Festival organizers hope it will bring success to local businesses hit hard by the pandemic.
“I’m glad that they decided to re-do the Cherry Blossom this year,” Manager of La Bella Morelia German Marin said. “Just because I feel like it brings people in.”
Marin says his business was hit hard last year and struggled to survive on just to-go orders.
Ocmulgee Outfitters manager Quint Rogers is looking forward to being open during the Cherry Blossom Festival for the first time.
“We’ve had hand sanitizer available, and [customers] stay distant as they’re shopping and we stay on a good cleaning regimen here,” Rogers said.
Both businesses say they hope festival-goers shop local.
The 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 19-28.