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ATLANTA — You’ll be able to count on to see further safety at this weekend’s Pleasure Competition. It has been two years since folks celebrated the occasion in individual. Organizers expect hundreds to point out up.
“We’re so excited to be again in individual for the Atlanta Pleasure Competition this 12 months,” mentioned Govt Director of Atlanta Pleasure Jamie Fergerson.
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Fergerson mentioned they’re again and larger than ever.
“We are able to say it’s going to be lots of of hundreds,” she mentioned of the attendance.
In fact, having that many individuals in a single location requires a variety of preparation and planning.
“We began marking the park on Sunday. We began bringing in infrastructure on Monday. It takes a whole week to construct the competition,” mentioned Fergerson.
Most of all, security and safety measures might be carried out. Some earlier occasions canceled their plans, due partly to Georgia’s enjoyable legal guidelines. That’s why Fergerson mentioned they’re taking further measures.
“Security and safety are at all times high of minds with our occasions. We’re a big occasion, however we’re additionally an occasion the place persons are very polarized. There are individuals who don’t need us to collect and have time. We work actually intently with a number of layers of safety, volunteers, personal safety in addition to regulation enforcement,” mentioned Fergerson.
Fergerson mentioned this occasion is a celebration, however they’re providing much more than that.
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“We have now a wellness middle the place we’ll (be) specializing in bodily well being in addition to psychological well being. We’ll be doing COVID testing, COVID vaccines and monkeypox vaccines within the wellness middle.
We have now been working for months now to get monkeypox vaccines out, to our group.”
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