Like other music lovers, we were disappointed to learn that DelFest will not be held this month as planned, and that we won’t be able to attend the Burlington Apple Harvest Festival in October, either.

Both events were canceled out of concern over the potential transmission of COVID-19 or logistical problems associated with it.

Sadly, those two events will likely not be the last knocked out by the coronavirus. Regardless of its origins in China, the novel coronavirus is killing people every day and killing our joy, too.

It’s outdoor festival time, with the popular Fall Foliage Festival planned for Oct. 2 and 3 and Oct. 9 and 10. That event, spanning two weekends, normally draws thousands of people to the streets and squares of Bedford, Pennsylvania. With the delta variant spreading like wildfire across the country and local cases through the roof, more leaders in the public and private sectors will be called upon to make tough decisions.

It’s all beginning to sound familiar, since we’re now a year and a half into the global pandemic and we’re not out of the woods yet, far from it actually, with the illness still sending people to the hospitals and cemeteries around the world. It seems safe to say that everyone, infectious disease specialists included, thought that life would have returned to a more normal state by now.

Vaccinations have created an epidemic of acrimony, which reached a fever pitch last week when President Joe Biden decreed that millions of U.S. workers will be required to receive shots, as will employees of companies with more than 100 on their payrolls. Even though nobody’s wearing blue or gray uniforms or forage caps, we’re in the middle of a civil war in this country.

We can relate to both sides of the issue. Wearing face coverings and receiving the vaccine can save lives, but getting jabbed against one’s wishes seems draconian. Many fully vaccinated people are just fed up with the whole thing and haven’t worn masks for months. They’re not sure about a booster shot, either.

Someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, COVID-19 will be defeated, once and for all, and we can get back to living life to its fullest, without restrictions.

Until then, however, that list of cancellations will probably get longer in coming days and weeks.

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