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Cancellation of 2021 Celtic Classic Cluster

Press Release – December 16 – York, Delaware County and Lancaster Kennel Clubs

With tremendous regret we must announce the cancellation of the 2021 Celtic Classic Cluster in York, Pennsylvania scheduled for March 17 to March 21, 2021. It was the unanimous decision of the boards of all three clubs to take this step. Our perseverance to date was out of a sense of duty to the exhibitor community and a strong desire to provide an opportunity for those who rely on dog shows for their livelihoods, but recent events (detailed below) have necessitated this decision. This decision was not made lightly; it was well-considered and accepted only with great reluctance.

The reasons for our decision are pretty straightforward:

With COVID-19 spreading in an uncontrolled manner in so much of the country and the increasing restrictions in many states, the likelihood of judge panels being in a state of constant flux is likely.

Assuring that out-of-state judges and stewards could comply with the current Pennsylvania negative test requirement or 14-day quarantine period is beyond our ability to control. All judges are traveling from out of state and require a hotel stay. With more states requiring tests, the backlog and test result time will grow. Even if we could rebuild the panels there is a high risk that one or more judges would not have results in time to perform their assignments.

Pennsylvania is limiting the number of exhibitors in a building and this would have a negative impact on the quality of the shows.

The increasing levels of infection risk to all individuals has become unsettling. Pennsylvania reported more than 9556 new COVID-19 cases on December 15 with coronavirus hospitalizations nearing pandemic highs. The PA Secretary of Health has warned that the state could run out of intensive care beds in December.

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and look forward to a happier 2021.
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