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Social distancing restrictions cited for halt in home construction for annual summer tour

PAMPLIN MEDIA GORUP: FILE PHOTO - A scene from the NW Natural Street of Dreams 2019. In 2020 the usual August show has been cancelled, with an option to push it back to the fall if the coronivirus pandemic is under control.

The NW Natural Street of Dreams 2020 has been canceled.

The summer show of luxury suburban spec homes has been pulled by the organizer, the Home Builders Association of America. This is the first time in 45 years the show will not go on, although a fall show is still possible.

"Even though the event takes place in August, preparations for the show are happening now. The major component of the show — building inspiring homes — is significantly impacted by the social distancing guidelines that were recently extended to at least April 30," said HBA spokesperson Adrian McCarthy in a release.

Building homes rapidly takes more trade stacking, as subcontractors squeeze into a tight space and work closely alongside each other.

"Street of Dreams homes are built on a more compressed time schedule which can only be achieved when multiple trades work in the houses at the same time."

The uncertainty around when the pandemic fear will end is hurting most kinds of businesses. This form of construction, which is more event than product, is especially vulnerable.

"While some events and shows can be rescheduled, the uncertainties around the length of the social distancing guidelines and the need to have safety be our number one priority create a situation where the production of a show as complex as the Street of Dreams is not feasible."

The best chance of a substitute is a show this autumn.

"We are working on plans for a potential Fall New Home Tour that will provide different but fun and engaging opportunities for consumers to still be inspired in new ways. We also are wrapping up details on a site for the 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams."

Details of both shows will be announced this summer.

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