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Launch of Open Air Marketplace in Chico delayed to July 2 due to extreme heat advisory

The Downtown Chico Business Association announced the launch of the Open Air Marketplace will be delayed by one week due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 3:22 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2020 3:22 PM

CHICO, Calif. – The Downtown Chico Business Association announced the launch of the Open Air Marketplace will be delayed by one week due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The new date for the marketplace is set for Thursday, July 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Chico.

"We apologize for the confusion on the launch date; however, the health and safety of our community is our first concern," said Melanie Bassett, Executive Director of the Downtown Chico Business Association.

Moving the marketplace to the first Thursday in July, should bring temperatures back into the 90's for a more pleasant and safe open-air experience for marketgoers, said members of the association.

Due to state and county guidelines for coronavirus, the Open Air Marketplace will be limited to essential businesses; farmers and downtown restaurants.

The former Thursday Night Market has been redesigned into an open-air marketplace where vendors are spaced out between several blocks of downtown. Marketgoers will be able to shop, dine, and enjoy local takeout safely from downtown restaurants and retail businesses.

Just last week, the Downtown Chico Business Association said it currently did not have the staffing, infrastructure, or safety precautions in place to turn the concept into a reality by June 18. However, members of the association continued to work to make the event happen by pushing to a later date.

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