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Ashland cancels July 4 fireworks show

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce board decided Thursday to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks show.

The city’s annual Fourth of July parade was called off a week ago.

“The board was obligated to cancel the show as it would defy the governor’s restrictions by sponsoring an event that knowingly would convene large groups to watch the fireworks in locations throughout the city,” the chamber said in a news release. “This would not only violate the governor’s orders but would jeopardize insurance coverage for the event as well as assume liability for any issues that arose and put our citizens at risk.”

Oregon’s phased reopening rules out large public gatherings over the next five months, even if the number of cases in Jackson County remains low. Concerts, conventions, festivals and live audience sports “won’t be possible until a reliable treatment or prevention is available,” said part of the state’s 22-page “Reopening Oregon” breakdown. “It is unknown at this time when this will be. Therefore, all large gatherings should be canceled or significantly modified through at least September.”

The chamber’s press release added that it will turn its attention to supporting local businesses and creating “small events that will follow the governor’s guidelines.”

“Our overall goal,” the chamber said, “in addition to promoting business, is to educate our community how to safely navigate through these challenging times. ... We will be raising funds to support these efforts as well as the flower baskets throughout the downtown this summer.”