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2021 Winter Blast in downtown Detroit canceled due to pandemic

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 10:13:07-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Organizers are officially canceling the 2021 Winter Blast Weekend event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are many factors related to COVID-19 that have led to the cancellation of the 2021 event,” said Jon Witz, the festival’s producer, “Between a spike in cases both nationally and in Michigan and suggested limitations in large gatherings by both the CDC and State of Michigan, we have made the decision to focus our efforts on planning in 2022. The health and safety of our guests, sponsors and stakeholders is our top priority and we hope for positive developments in treatments or a vaccine that will hopefully allow larger special events to happen later in 2021.”

Winter Blast has been a mainstay of the Detroit winter activity season.

“Over the years, Winter Blast has been an inclusive, family-oriented festival that brought thousands into the city to appreciate all of the amazing progress going on here and we’re really proud of that.” said Witz.

Winter Blast is currently focusing all efforts on sponsorship and programming for 2022.

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