Missy Passmore, manager of the Levelland Main Street program, announced Tuesday afternoon that the city’s events committee met Tuesday and decided events that had previously been approved would now be canceled, including Ladies’ Night Out, the Festival of Lights and Christmas on the Square due to the increase in hospitalizations and cases of COVID-19.
Passmore said that the committee met Tuesday to discuss upcoming events that had previously been approved prior to the recent increase in COVID-19 numbers and prior to hospitalization capacity numbers in the region increasing drastically.
She said because the hospitalization rate has remained high locally and regionally, the committee decided to cancel Ladies Night Out and the Levelland Festival of Lights and Christmas on the Square.
Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner has also stated she will not be approving any more outdoor events exceeding 10 people until hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients drops below 15 percent.
Passmore said another threshold to keep in mind is that if for a 14-day period there are no more than 30 confirmed new COVID-19 cases the County Judge can do an attestation to the State and reopen businesses back to 75 percent and 50 percent to bars. At that time the Mayor has indicated we would consider outdoor events.
“It is important that our region as a whole get control of the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations to ensure that the Governor does not step in and do additional closures which would be even more detrimental to our local economy,” Passmore said.
As of Monday, the regional hospitalization rate was 21.41 percent and as of Tuesday, the total number of active cases in Hockley County had risen to 280 with the announcement of 22 new cases by Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge.