BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ — COVID is forcing the cancellation of the Bordentown Street Fair for the second year in a row.

Organizers made the announcement in a Facebook post Sunday night, citing possible new COVID regulations and restrictions. 

"Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic regulations and possible new COVID restrictions, we are announcing the cancellation of the Bordentown Street Fair for 2021," the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce, the organizers of the event, wrote on the event's Facebook page. "We understand the excitement, fun and economic benefits that this important annual tradition brings to our community, our participants and especially to local high school Seniors who are recipients of Business Scholarships funded by our Street Fair."

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"We look forward to having the 43rd Annual Bordentown Street Fair in May 2022 bigger and better than ever."

Sunday's cancellation announcement comes less than two weeks after organizers announced the 2021 dates, which had been rescheduled to June 19 and June 20 from the original intended dates in May. The Street Fair, which normally takes place on the third weekend of May every year, draws up to 20,000 visitors to the City for the event's handmade crafts, art, food, music and children's area. 

Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway over the weekend called for renewed vigilance by county residents about mask wearing and social distancing in the wake of an uptick in COVID-19 activity in the County.

Burlington County’s COVID-19 infection risk moved from “moderate” to “high” on the latest COVID-19 Activity Level Index report issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. The rating reflects increases in COVID-19 cases and a rise in the positivity rate from testing. There were 789 new cases in the county between March 19 and March 25 for an average of 113 new cases a day.

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