Cancellations, Uncertainty & Apprehension:
OABA Navigates the Pandemic Year
The COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, but the devastation seems particularly acute on the carnival companies and related business that make up the Outdoor Amusement Business Association.
While a handful of carnival companies have started to play still dates and smaller fairs, the bulk of the business – fairs – as well as literally thousands of other events, from music festivals to local charity fundraisers have canceled. The OABA has 132 carnival company members, most of whom have been winter quarters-bound from Mid-March until now. An estimated 95 percent of fairs and outdoor events have been cancelled, and many of the events still technically set to continue are actually in a kind of limbo state, with the actual confirmation to continue or cancellation announcement remaining unissued.
For carnival companies who have decided to venture forth and attempt to salvage the remainder what's left of the 2020 season, the going is rough. Many events are still in cancellation mode, and for the carnival companies looking to operate, finding the proper authorities to work with in terms of adhering to social distancing and other guidelines can be a challenge. Unlike an amusement park who has long established relationships within a community, by their very nature traveling carnival companies must negotiate with different entities for each stop on a route.
Full article on carnivalwarehouse.com here