ROXBURY, NJ – This year’s installment of the annual Lake Hopatcong Block Party has been canceled, thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The cancelation was announced Monday by the non-profit Lake Hopatcong Foundation LHF). The event, the group's seventh, was scheduled to take place May 9 at Hopatcong State Park.

“No doubt you are all grappling with the many changes that have taken place over the last week or so as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote LHF President Jessica Murphy. “We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation have been navigating these changes as well … Per the Center for Disease Control advisory, all events of 50+ attendees in the next eight weeks should be canceled or postponed. In following that directive, we are sorry to say that the Lake Hopatcong Block Party will NOT be held on May 9 at Hopatcong State Park.”

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Still Could Happen

The LHF is “working out options as to how to proceed,” according to Murphy. One option being discussed is rescheduling the popular event, possibly setting a date in October.

“We will be in touch with vendors, sponsor, and volunteers (as well as those who had hoped to be attendees) within the next few days with our game plan and whether the event can be postponed to a future date,” Murphy wrote. “We are, of course, heartbroken at the idea of canceling what has become such a special community event, but we understand the precaution that must be taken and are hoping we can come up with a feasible alternative.”

Murphy also noted the LHF Annual Meeting, which was scheduled for April 3, is being postponed until further notice.

Also, the LHF office and Lake Hopatcong Environmental & Cultural Center are now  closed to visitors indefinitely, she said.

“That does not mean our work of behalf of Lake Hopatcong is coming to a standstill; our staff has been advised to work from home and only visit the office if necessary,” Murphy stressed. “So we will continue to be operational, just not in the office setting we all are accustomed to. Please be patient with any delays in responding to phone calls, etc., while we are working remotely.”

The LHF canceled a March 19 presentation on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis but its other spring programming remains on the calendar. Murphy said the status of other events “will be revisited frequently as conditions evolve and guidance is provided by health officials.”

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