UPDATE: With so many unknowns due to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, the Newtown Business Association has now cancelled Welcome Day for 2020.

NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> Out of an abundance of caution for public health and to help mitigate any potential for the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, the Newtown Business Association has rescheduled its annual Welcome Day event in Newtown. Originally scheduled for June 14, it is now slated for Sunday, September 13.

The deadline to register as an artist and craft vendor, NBA member table, entertainer, sponsor or to participate in the Rising Star Singing Competition is now August 13. The annual Business Expo & Culinary Fair, held annually in September, will not be held this year, but visit the NBA website - www.NewtownBA.org for possible virtual expo offerings.

Although April events and the May NBA Member Breakfast have been cancelled, the NBA Emerging Leaders has initiated a series of virtual workshops entitled “Coaches on Couches With Coffee”.

The workshops, presented by NBA members, take place live on the NBA Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and last 30 minutes, so grab a cup of coffee and join the Emerging Leaders for a 30 minute dose of coaching.

The schedule of topics also will be listed weekly on the NBA website and on its Facebook page at any time.

In addition, watch for the Emerging Leaders’ “Surfin’ NBA,” coming in June. This virtual scavenger hunt, open to everyone, will send contestants to NBA-member websites and social media to find items and gain points in order to win prizes. Details will be posted on the NBA website.

The NBA also is planning a virtual Business Card Exchange for members in May, via Zoom. NBA members can register online to join the Zoom event. Details and registration can be found online at www.NewtownBA.org.

NBA will continue to monitor information from local and federal officials regarding the COVID-19 virus as they consider the status of other events planned for the remainder of the year.

NBA encourages everyone to support local businesses during this difficult time. Order items for delivery when possible and from Newtown’s wonderful restaurants for curbside pick-up or delivery, if available. Visit the NBA website for an ongoing list of NBA-member business offerings available during the Coronavirus restrictions. The digital listing includes businesses that are offering online sales, gift cards, or other digital solutions as well as take-out/pick-up, open hours, etc.

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