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Fresh Fest in the nation’s first Black beer festival and second best in the nation, according to USA Today. The annual event showcases the country’s most talented Black brewers, along with breweries from across the globe in collaboration with Black artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and business owners. These imaginative partnerships include brew collaborations, label designs, and/or food pairings for a new beer released exclusively at Fresh Fest. Established in 2018 by the Drinking Partners and Black Brew Culture, Fresh Fest attracts thousands of craft beer industry veterans and connoisseurs as well as novices from across the country to enjoy unique beers, ciders, and spirits while celebrating the Black diaspora. But Fresh Fest is more than just a festival; it is a community initiative that seeks to economically empower the Black community by promoting and providing access, opportunities, and representation in a $119B industry with less than 1% Black ownership or employment. To accomplish these goals, Fresh Fest offers symposiums, live events featuring Black artists and musicians, digital education, and community outreach programs, to name a few. Many of our initiatives are held in minority communities, highlight and overcome hurdles facing the Black community, and our goal is to expand our reach by offering free events, thereby eliminating cost as a barrier. We are excited by what the future holds and hope to celebrate and empower the Black business and arts communities.
As the City of Pittsburgh enters a phased reopening today under the guidance of Governor Tom Wolf, the City is announcing how summertime activities will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While many activities will be allowed, others will be canceled or postponed. All decisions follow federal and state guidelines.
“Pittsburgh residents have done a great job during these trying times staying safe and looking out for each other. The data shows the battle against this pandemic is far from over, however, and we must keep social distancing and other measures in place to win this fight, even when we’re enjoying the outdoors,” Mayor William Peduto said.
The following is a list of permitted and non-permitted activities, with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines attached when relevant.
Activities that can comply safely with social distancing guidelines will be allowed. They include:
(City crews are working to reopen facilities starting today and into next week.)
Large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include:
Playgrounds, park shelters and spray parks remain closed until further notice (CDC).
Swimming pools (including the Oliver Bath House) will be closed. While the CDC says that swimming itself is safe, it says 6 feet of distance between users is required and no more than 10 people should be allowed at any time. City pool waiting areas, locker rooms and lounging areas are too cramped to allow for appropriate distancing under the guidelines.
Final decisions on other activities and facilities have not yet been made. These include:
Decisions on closures and allowed activities may be revisited as pandemic circumstances and federal and state guidelines change.
The City Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has established a task force to study methods of using some streets and sidewalks to allow for safe recreation and business activity. Its recommendations will be issued soon. In the meantime plans are underway to close some streets in City parks to vehicular traffic. No timetables are yet set, but plans are for the following closures:
Drive-in movies organized by the Special Events office will begin June 13. More information will be released later.
Farmer’s Markets will begin June 3 in Carrick and begin in other neighborhoods thereafter. Social distancing and safe purchasing requirements will be in place. The schedule is: