It’s official: The 2021 Ann Arbor Art Fair is a go. The fair’s directors reversed course on canceling the event after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced last week that capacity restrictions on outdoor events would be lifted on June 1. With seven weeks to plan the nation’s largest juried art fair, the directors decided it will run three days instead of the usual four. Booths will be spaced apart to promote social distancing and hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the event.
More on this below in our feature interview of the week.
Have a great long weekend.
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)
What’s been happening:
📚 In case you needed proof that there is light at the end of this pandemic tunnel: The Ann Arbor District Library announced it will fully reopen on July 12. (A4)
📱 University of Michigan Athletics will shift to digital ticketing starting in the fall. Say goodbye to print-at-home tickets. (A4)
📝 U-M is seeking feedback from the campus community over the renaming of Yost Ice Arena after a study revealed the longtime football coach and athletic director’s racist behavior. (A4)
🏥 Adult patients at U-M Hospital can once again have visitors after the health system lifted some restrictions this week due to falling COVID rates. (A4)
🎨 A new Black Lives Matter mural made up of eight different panels has been unveiled outside Ann Arbor District Library’s downtown branch. (A4)
🚍 Ann Arbor’s TheRide will require face masks on its buses through mid-September. Also, there will be no service on Memorial Day. (A4)
🏊♀️ Ann Arbor’s three public pools will maintain a limited capacity this weekend. However, the city will be sharing more information today about changes to its COVID safety policy as outdoor restrictions are lifted on Tuesday. (A4)
💉 A COVID vaccine clinic for hospitality workers and their families will take place at Zingerman’s Greyline on Thursday. The first 400 individuals to get shots will get a free $25 Visa gift card. (A4)
💻 The first co-living development in Ann Arbor has opened for professionals. Among the perks? Campus-owned Teslas for its members to use. (A4)
🤝 Michigan Medicine has reached a tentative deal with its physician assistants who unionized last year. (A4)
☀️ The YMCA’s free water safety program will return to the area in June. (A4)
Good to know:
Feature interview of the week:
- Karen Delhey, director of the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
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