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Basilica Block Party cancels July festival, may be held this fall

Event organizers are "actively exploring" other options for the annual music festival.

A day after Gov. Tim Walz announced a timeline to end COVID-19 restrictions on businesses by July 1, the popular Basilica Block Party said it won't be holding its music festival in July. 

The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party was scheduled for July 9-10 at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, but now event organizers are "actively exploring other options for the fall," a Friday Facebook post said

"We will share more information as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned to our socials for the latest updates," the post said. 

Event organizers did not provide any additional details on its decision.

The 2020 Basilica Block Party was canceled due to COVID-19 and tickets were refunded.

Walz and his administration said Thursday that with COVID-related restrictions on businesses and events coming to an end, summer will look more like normal

DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said Thursday the majority of outdoor events "are really pretty open" starting Friday. "Parades, festivals, gatherings in parks, all these events that are so great about summer, as of tomorrow (Friday), will proceed as they might usually in any given summer."

The easing of restrictions began at noon Friday, with no more limits on outdoor dining, events and other get-togethers. And then on May 28, the state is removing the remaining capacity and distancing limits, including for indoor events and gatherings.

The face mask requirement for indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 people will remain in place until July 1 at the latest. That could be removed earlier if 70% of adults in Minnesota are vaccinated before then.

The loosening of state-mandated restrictions does not prevent businesses from requiring masks, social distancing or limiting capacity.

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