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Aquatennial still on – for now – despite earlier reports of cancelation

The July event is the latest summer festival facing an uncertain future.

Reports of the Aquatennial's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Minneapolis festival looked set to become the latest summer event to fall victim to the coronavirus outbreak, but it's been given a reprieve for now.

Earlier on Sunday, the Star Tribune reported that the Aquatennial Ambassador Organization was canceling related events surrounding the festival.

But the Minneapolis Downtown Council put out a statement Sunday lunchtime that clarified this didn't mean the Aquatennial itself has been scrapped.

"As of today, the Minneapolis Aquatennial is moving forward as planned,” said Leah Wong, vice president of external relations for the council.

"However, we are continuing to watch the evolving pandemic and will make decisions related to the schedule as necessary."

It comes after a week in which Minneapolis has already seen a significant chunk of its summer canceled due to the COVID-19, including Rock the Garden and Twin Cities Pride canceling and postponing respectively.

It also comes after Minneapolis Parks and Rec announced that the city's beaches, waterparks and wading pools would be closed for the summer.

The Aquatennial is this year scheduled for July 22-25, which is past the predicted peak of the coronavirus in Minnesota.

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