Cumberland’s Weird Church is hosting a music event outside on Aug. 28. File photo

Cumberland approves road closure for music event

Applicants are limiting numbers for health and safety protocols

Cumberland will close off a street later this month for Friday Feast, an outdoor music event organized by the Weird Church.

At the Aug. 10 meeting, council agreed to approve the temporary street closure of First Street from Penrith to Beaufort Avenue for the afternoon and evening of Friday, Aug. 28. The closure runs from 4 to 8 p.m. The event itself starts at 6:30 p.m.

“I think the church was initially planning to have this event without the outdoor space,” corporate officer Rachel Parker told council. “I think they’re trying to make the event more safe with the COVID requirements for physical distancing.”

According to the application, the event is a street concert to celebrate the artists and residents who have been creating new music through the Weird Church’s residency program. The church submitted an indoor spaces COVID safety plan. Access is being limited to 35 people in order to comply with regulations. There are also 15 people involved with performing or hosting the event.

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The application also includes signage for safety protocols, and the organizers plan to have staff or volunteers at barricades to remind attendees of these protocols. There will also be detour signage to notify drivers of the road closure.

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