Jonesborough BMA to discuss future town events, reopening of facilities at Tuesday meeting

Jonathan Roberts • May 18, 2020 at 7:41 PM

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in a special called session Tuesday morning to discuss the future of town events and the potential reopening of town facilities.

“There will be no greater decision this board makes this year, and regardless of how we decide some will disagree,” Mayor Chuck Vest said Monday morning. “We all still desire a safe outcome, but I personally think our society must learn to live and adapt safely because this virus or other illnesses will not disappear anytime soon.”

Vest said he’s “optimistic we can open most facilities with safeguards in place” and that the town can still hold “the majority” of its events so long as they’re able to account for new safety measures like social distancing and “strong sanitation measures.”

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Jonesborough has not held any major events since its St. Paddy’s Celebration on March 14. Additionally, town facilities like the McKinney Center have been shuttered since the novel coronavirus pandemic forced them to close in March.

Vest said he’s hopeful some marquee events like Jonesborough Days or Movies on Main could still occur “with appropriate safety measures, but our board will ultimately make that decision.” Vest also cautioned that there could be layoffs among town staff if the town “can’t open facilities and capture some revenue.”

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m.Tuesday, and will be closed to the public. A livestream will be available for people to watch the meeting on the town’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/LZYEIdfDx_Y