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McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center has canceled its planned church tour and cookie walk due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases.
A spokesperson said the event, planned for Dec. 12, was scrapped after the Allegheny County Health Department advised residents to stay at home and avoid unnecessary social activities and travel.
The heritage center also will not be participating in this week’s Festival of Trees.
“Our main goal is to keep our volunteers, staff and patrons safe,” the center said in a prepared statement. “Based on these recommendations by the Health Department, we feel we can not responsibly move forward with such a large gathering of volunteers to decorate or a large gathering of patrons for either event.”
The center is hoping to have a delayed Christmas celebration in the spring or summer of 2021 if COVID-19 cases subside.
The museum and research library, located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park, will remain open to the public at this time.
“We are confident that we can safely limit attendance and keep everyone safe,” the spokesperson said. “If you would like to utilize the research library, please call in advance to reserve a time, as time slots are limited.”
The center is currently taking orders for retro McKeesport Tigers T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies that duplicate the look of McKeesport Area High School’s gym and athletics wear in the 1970s and ’80s.
For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center’s website.
Originally published December 01, 2020.