Large events and COVID-19

The crowd sprawls down Broadway Avenue during the 2019 Jackson Hole Rendezvous, or Rendezvous Fest. The town and county plan to hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss how to handle large events like Rendezvous Fest and the 44th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb in the face of the spread of COVID-19.

In the spirit of constant vigilance around COVID-19, the town and county are holding a special meeting Thursday to figure out how to handle large events.

Two are coming up: the 44th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb, March 19-22, and the Jackson Hole Rendezvous, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s three-day music festival scheduled for the following weekend.

Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Natalia D. Macker said the meeting has been called so the town and county can think about options.

“Everybody is learning and evolving as we go, and trying to find the right path forward, be cognizant of ramifications of decisions and make sure everything is considered,” she said.

Macker said she expects representatives from the Teton County Health Department, St. John’s Health and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce to attend, along with event organizers. County commissioners and town councilors plan to consider events through June, including the Jackson Hole Half Marathon and Touch-a-Truck.

“As a collective, we can make sure that Town and County agencies are as prepared as possible and are making appropriate decisions about large gatherings that are scheduled to occur,” Mayor Pete Muldoon wrote Wednesday in a letter to the community.

The meeting at 11 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 150 E. Pearl Ave., is open to the public and can be viewed online at TinyURL.com/townlivestreamjh.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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