Civic Center events to stay on schedule

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, August 5, 2021

Scheduled events at the Lincoln Civic Center are not expected to be adversely affected by COVID.

Center Director Quinn Jordan met with the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors this week to let them know he and other LCC staff were being proactive due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

“We have a lot of events scheduled over the next 90 days,” Jordan said, “including the Wildlife Expo, Aug. 20-21, and the Fall Fair, Sept. 6-9.”

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Jordan said he was aware the new coronavirus case numbers are similar to those of March and April 2020, and that there is potential for cases to continue to increase.

“It’s going to cost us about $6,000 to $7,000 to advertise and we’re about to sink capital into it, so before we do that we’d like the board’s input,” Jordan said.

“We can’t see three weeks down the road,” District 2 Supervisor Jerry McGehee said.

Jordan said he understood, but wanted to know if the Board was looking toward a mask mandate or something similar in the near future.

“We have no plans to do so,” Board president and District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown said. “I say go ahead with the events.”

Jordan said he would place new signs around the property that strongly encouraged event attendees to wear masks and distance as much as possible.

“What if Lincoln County gets hotter than a firecracker with cases?” McGehee asked.

Board attorney Will Allen said the county can always get stricter with guidelines if necessary.

“You can always do more than what the CDC recommends, but you can’t do less,” Jordan said.

Jordan and the supervisors agreed to keep in touch on developments and make adjustments as necessary.

“If it gets bad, we’ll just have to deal with it then,” said McGehee.