Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mid Atlantic Air Museum has made the decision to cancel its 2020 World War II Weekend event. Originally scheduled for June 5-7, 2020, the 30th annual event chose the alternative dates of July 31- August 3. However, due to unclear guidance from the Governor, event organizers are cancelling the event all together.
“Thus far Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made it extremely difficult to make any plans to move forward with the event from where we are now. Most of eastern Pennsylvania has finally moved into the ‘yellow phase’, which prohibits large gatherings of more than 25 people. The ‘green phase’, will prohibit large gatherings of more than 250 people” said Russell Strine, President of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum.
“Governor Wolf admitted on Friday, June 5th, that he does not yet know what comes after the “green phase” as no plans have yet to be formulated. It is extremely likely that the large gathering prohibition will continue through this year.”
As large scale events are not a sure thing, Strine believes the air museum would be taking a gamble by planning an event that may not be able to happen.
“We cannot, in good faith, move forward with the planning and additional financial investment necessary for WWII event planning without knowing we have a “sure thing”. Therefore we have made the difficult decision to cancel WWII Weekend for 2020” said Strine.
“After 40 years of Museum operations I never envisioned that we would find ourselves in a position where we were not in control of our destiny as an organization, but then again, I never envisioned anything like the COVID-19 pandemic covering the world in this modern age! I doubt any of us did!”
Strine hopes 2021 will look better, and looks forward to WWII Weekend 2021.