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Kearney Cruise Nite still a go despite COVID numbers

The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic and will go on as planned Oct. 13-18.
The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic and will go on as planned Oct. 13-18.(KSNB)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 10:21 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic.

Instead, organizers moved the popular five-day automobile festival until October. And while COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the district, the event has been given the green light for October 13-18.

Two Rivers Public Health approved the event plan for Kearney Cruise Nite Week. Two Rivers said while the activities do take place outside, there are still some safety recommendations they would like to pass along to those who plan on attending.

A press release from Two Rivers last week indicated that the Kearney area has been identified as a local hot spot. Jeremy Eschliman, Two Rivers Health Director, states there are concerning levels of activity taking place in the Kearney area regarding the virus and its' spread, so he urges caution to prevent any further spread in the community. Eschliman said, “With the activities taking place in open areas, this affords a much better opportunity for social distancing.”

Eschliman said vigilant mask usage and proper hand hygiene are also very important practices to continue following.

Two Rivers is recommending that participants in the shows stay in their cars or only with their own immediate family groups instead of intermingling with others in attendance.

Two Rivers also recommends wearing masks at all events including outdoor events. Eschliman went on to commend the organizers of the event for their efforts to keep everyone safe while still having a good time. Many of the activities have been somewhat limited, including no activities inside the Peterson Senior Center on Wednesday night, and no tours at Blueprint Engines on Tuesday.

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