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San Francisco Mayor London Breed was asked about large-scale annual events in San Francisco this summer and whether they’ll need to be canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, during at an ABC7 town hall Thursday. The Pride Parade, the Outside Lands music festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are events that draw crowds in the hundreds of thousands and pack people together.
Breed said the Pride Parade scheduled for June 27–28 has officially been canceled, and she can’t provide details on Outside Lands (Aug. 7–9), Hardly Strictly (Oct. 2–4) and other events at this time.
“We know there are a lot of events and activities planned, but this is a fluid situation,” Breed said. “We don’t know what the future holds. I think there are a lot of large-scale events that will potentially eventually get canceled because of the situation again. I’m not a doctor … but I know enough to listen to the professionals. We rely on public health officials to make these decisions.”
Breed pointed out that before the stay-at-home order was issued on March 16 and banned all gatherings in mid-March , the city had restrictions on the size of gatherings, initially prohibiting events of 1,000 or more people and then 500. The current stay-at-home order expires in May 3, and depending on the severity of disease spread in the city, it could be extended or modified with new restrictions. Breed implied that new restrictions on event size could be a part of a modified order, but didn’t provide details.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested earlier this week the likelihood of a large-scale event taking place in the state this summer is “negligible at best” as researchers seek a vaccine for the coronavirus.
“Large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based on our expectations,” Newsom said.
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