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Colorado Governor Jared Polis Advises Cancellation of Events with 250+ Attendees

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Advises Cancellation of Events with 250+ Attendees


March 13th, 2020

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In a live statement made by Jared Polis, Colorado events with 250 or more attendees have been advised to cancel in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Coronavirus vs. The Entertainment Industry

The World Health Organization officially declared coronavirus a pandemic Wednesday evening. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says: “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity — and by the alarming levels of inaction.

The amount of canceled or postponed concerts, film releases, festivals, conferences, and events continues to grow exponentially as the coronavirus spreads. While many event attendees publicly express their frustration, it’s important to acknowledge this from a wider perspective. As the world scrambles to contain the coronavirus, the entire entertainment industry is suffering the secondary effects of the outbreak.

The industry is losing money, marketers, venue security, stage hands, and all other entertainment workers aren’t getting the hours they need for their bills, and many artists have already called off their biggest tours of the year.

What’s Next?

The entertainment industry has rapidly responded to the CDC’s warning that Americans should prepare for a coronavirus outbreak. Within the past week, Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland Winter, Rampage Open Air, Buku Music + Arts Project, SXSW, and Deja Voom in Mexico have publicly announced cancellations due to the Coronavirus.

Countless festivals like Stagecoach and Coachella originally set for March are being postponed. Most of these events are considered to be a “kick-off” to festival season.

This, unfortunately, begins to spark major concerns about future events potentially heading in this direction. Many festivals that annually occur in the summer and fall seasons are amply watching for updates and keeping their fans in the know about what’s happening with their festival plans.

Insomniac creator and founder Pasquele Rotella publicly announced Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC Vegas) will still be taking place on its scheduled dates. Alongside with Michigan based festival Electric Forest, organizers published on their media that the festival is indeed still on. They will be working with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the planned event proceeds safe and healthy for all attendees.

Any updates will be communicated to ticket holders.

Colorado was not the first state-wide ban on public gatherings. Washington, California, New Mexico, Utah, and New York have placed similar restrictions on event capacities, and advise any events that do continue to take place to ensure there is room for 5 feet in between each person.

NBA Responds

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The NBA has suspended all games as of yesterday after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.

One day later, Gobert apologizes to teammate Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for coronavirus shortly after.

MLB, NHL, MLS, and More Follow Suit

Shortly after NBA cancellations came the cancellation of Spring Training across the Major League Baseball and the suspension of all upcoming National Hockey League games ‘until further notice.’

MLS has also suspended their season for 30 days.

The Boston Marathon has been pushed back to September 2020

The pandemic has led to a 32 day cancellation of New York City’s Broadway shows.

Most recently, one of the largest sporting events of the year, The PGA Masters has also been postponed due to COVID-19

According to The National Review

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can linger in the air for at least 30 minutes and travel up to 4.5 meters – further than the “safe distance” advised by health authorities around the world.

The researchers also found that it can last for up to 12 hours on a surface where respiratory droplets land, raising the risk of transmission if unsuspecting people touch it and then rub their face.

All of which, while tragic to the common event attendee, leads us to believe that this was the best course of action that could have been taken. Slowing the spread of the virus is what’s most important at this time.

Putting The Entertainment Industry In A Hole

Many people on social media are expressing their ignorance through memes and jokes in reaction to these cancelations. It’s important to realize that festivals do not want to cancel. Countless jobs in a multibillion dollar industry will be affected by this outbreak, and the financial repercussions for companies and economies will last months.

According to a statement published on Forbes, SXSW laid off 50+ of its year-round employees already. Last year, the festival brought $365 million to the city of Austin. That’s $365 million in revenue that won’t be streamed through the city this year. Each and every one of these festivals brings a substantial amount of money to the hosting state, but remember it’s also people’s careers; it’s what pays the bills. It’s what they rely on. The cancelation of these events puts caterers, drivers, bartenders, tech crew, security staff, dancers, painters, vendors, and coordinators out of the job for an undefined time.


It’s time to put the jokes to rest, this industry is losing work and it’s just not funny. So if by any chance these events do get canceled, please trust that it’s all in good conscience for everyone’s safety. It’s important to remember that the people who make these events happen, truly want you to endure the experience just as much, if not more as you do.

The idea of these event cancellations is so people can avoid the acceleration of the spread. Social avoidance, though very uncommon in the Colorado entertainment and nightlife community, is the recommendation at this time.

Party Guru Press will stay diligent on this topic and will make sure everyone is informed as the situation progresses.

Please click HERE to be connected to the World Health Organizations website to learn more about the global pandemic and recommendations for those that suspect they have the coronavirus.

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