City’s Response to Public Concerns over Harvard Block Sale

Due to concerns over the public health and safety risks that have arisen over the annual Harvard Block Sale in District 1, the Mayor and City Council want to clarify that while yard sales and other sales of personal property conducted by residents on their premises are considered an authorized activity, this particular event exceeds the recommendations for traditional yard sale activity.  As such, the City does not support or encourage this event. 

Given the dramatically increasing number of positive COVID-19 tests in Fresno County and with our hospital system at or over-capacity, large congregations of people are still prohibited by the State of California and should not occur at this time.  Unfortunately, the organizers of the Harvard Block Party have been difficult to contact.  Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, who represents District 1, is working with Code Enforcement to ensure that safety protocols are followed.

We strongly urge the block sale organizers and neighborhood participants to postpone this event until public health conditions improve in our community.

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