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Third Thursday Canceled This Week

If you had plans to spend some time at this years first Third Thursday, you’ll have to think again. The March 19th event, held in downtown Joplin, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Here is the statement from the Downtown Joplin Alliance.

“Downtown Joplin Alliance is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on the Joplin community. We have been in communication with local officials to make the most responsible decisions for upcoming events, including Third Thursday. Downtown Joplin Alliance will continue to assess the situation daily and will share updates as they become available.

The decision has been made to cancel the March 19 Third Thursday event. Though there are currently no confirmed cases in the Joplin area at this time, CDC recommendations now call for the cancellation of all gatherings over fifty people. This decision has not been made lightly as this affects vendors, local organizations, small businesses, restaurants, and many others.

While we will not be gathering on Main Street this month, Downtown Joplin Alliance will actively seek out ways to share our downtown businesses online, through websites, social media, blogs, videos, and more. During this time it is even more important to remember that our local boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other small businesses are all being deeply affected by these recent developments and to support them through online purchasing, curbside and delivery options, and other appropriate means.

Downtown Joplin Alliance is grateful for the past tremendous support and growth of Third Thursday and while we are eager to welcome folks downtown for the 13th season, we are prioritizing the health of our community first.

We encourage all organizations and community members to be mindful of information disseminated by local, state, and federal health organizations. Do your part to protect yourself and others. Follow our Facebook page for further updates as they become available.”


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