The coronavirus continues to affect Person County events.
On Monday afternoon, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the further closing of state schools until Friday, May 15.
As a result, former Person High School head football coach Mark Lunsford announced the postponement of the Person County School Sports Hall of Fame Weekend, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, to undetermined dates in the fall.
“We are hoping to re-run the ceremonies in September or October,” said Lunsford. “Everything was going smoothly. Inductees and their families had made plans to be here.”
The state decision saddened Lunsford, but he knows it is for the greater good.
“The health officials know a lot more about the virus than we do,” said Lunsford. “We just felt like as a committee, the safest thing to do was delay hall of fame weekend.”
Carrying out the weekend as planned presented too many challenges.
“Given that the public has no handle on the coronavirus, it would have been irresponsible of us to hold hall of fame weekend,” said Lunsford. “There is too much difficulty with the way things are right now.”
Local businesses are struggling at the same time, limiting visitors to appointment only, and take-out for food customers.
“We don’t feel like we can ask places to sponsor us, when we don’t know how long this is going to last,” said Lunsford. “We know that everybody is in their own position.”
Lunsford wants Rocket Club members to give back to the community.
“We encourage people to go out and suport businesses who helped with Rocket athletics,” said Lunsford. “A lot of people are doing take-out from restaurants.”
Lunsford looks forward to the day when coronavirus concerns are over.
“Once this is done, we’ll all come together as a community and celebrate,” said Lunsford.