For today’s episode of Tourism Tuesday, we chatted with Niki Cales, President of Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce to talk about the recent cancellation of the “fall edition” of the Virginia Wine & Craft Festival.

Niki explained the factors that went into making the tough decision not to have the event this weekend. Wineries were suffering from staffing shortages and most of the “usual” ones were unable to attend this year; coupled with the fact the COVID case rate in Warren County is more than double the state average.

As of 9/4/2021, the County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 persons is 493.0, (by comparison, the State rate is 276.0.)  The percentage of PCR tests that are positive is reported at 13.3% (by comparison, the State rate is 9.5%) – an increase from the previous week. The County’s (COVID-19) fully vaccinated rate is 40.2%; the State is 57.4%.