The 2021 Pate Swap Meet Is Certain
The Pate Swap Meet has officially received a formal waiver from the Mayor of the City of Fort Worth that insures that the Pate Swap Meet will indeed occur as planned without further risk of a government-imposed cancelation or postponement even though the State of Texas remaining under Emergency Orders.
This is an important and significant milestone for the 2021 Pate Swap Meet. With the waiver in hand, it means that the Pate Swap Meet will occur as planned despite the still-in-place State of Texas public-event restrictions imposed by the State of Texas Emergency Orders. The wavier approves our Pate Swap Meet COVID-19 Health Protocol that will serve as the principal guidelines for conducting the Pate Swap Meet. As such, our swap meet will be conducted in full accordance with the processes and procedures detailed in the Protocol.
While we have been confident that the Pate Swap Meet would be conducted as planned due to the declining number of cases and the increase in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines, receiving the waiver makes the swap meet actually occurring a certainty. There are no additional legal or regulatory hurdles to clear.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Denton County and the State of Texas are all currently operating under a series of Emergency Orders that currently limit the size of even outdoor gatherings that can occur in their respective jurisdictions. Within the current set of applicable Emergency Orders mandated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, all events in the State of Texas are limited to no more than 10 people UNLESS the event receives a waiver from the Mayor of the applicable jurisdiction. For the Texas Motor Speedway venue, the applicable jurisdiction is the City of Fort Worth under the authority of Mayor Betsy Price.
With the help and considerable assistance of Texas Motor Speedway, we formally applied for a waiver for the Pate Swap Meet.
The process required us to develop and publish the Pate Swap Meet COVID-19 Health Protocol using known best practices for conducting large-scale outdoor events, make an application for the waiver to the Mayor's office and submit our resulting Protocol for review by City officials.
We completed the development of the Pate Swap Meet COVID-19 Health Protocol and reviewed the resulting draft with the Texas Motor Speedway and its General Counsel. We completed the final draft of the Protocol on February 12, 2021.
The purpose of the Protocol is to provide detailed guidance for our operations of the Pate Swap Meet and conducting a safe event.
Applying for the Wavier
We submitted our application for the waiver online via the City of Fort Worth's website on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 1:50 PM CST. City officials began reviewing our Protocol on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Receiving the Waiver
The Mayor of the City of Fort Worth granted the Pate Swap Meet's waiver application on Monday, February 22, 2021, at 5:06 PM and the Mayor's action was memorialized by Whitney Rodriguez, Community Affairs & Projects Manager, Mayor and Council Office, City of Fort Worth.
The process was completed when we received formal notification of the waiver being granted from the City of Fort Worth, via e-mail, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:44 PM CST.
The formal notification provides all necessary documentation of our waiver and no further action will be required on our part to proceed with our event.
We're a "GO!"
With the waiver in-hand, the Pate Swap Meet is a certain "GO!" for all of our April dates: set up, move-in, the public event, move-out and clean-up. Importantly, we are safe from the possibility of any future cancelation or postponement under the prevailing Emergency Orders.
Additionally, the Texas Motor Speedway and its attorneys are satisfied by the waiver and that we are cleared to proceed with the event.
This is great news for all of us who are ready and anxious to have a swap meet after last year's postponement.
Pack up your gear, we're going to have the 50th Pate Swap Meet in April 2021.