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Officials: No plan to cancel Springtime Tallahassee at this time

More than 150,000 attendees expected
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Posted at 1:26 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 13:27:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — While organizers say they are "regularly monitoring" news regarding coronavirus risk in the U.S., there are no plans to cancel the Springtime Tallahassee festival at this time.

"Based on our review of the current situation and the recommendations of the CDC and others, ST (Springtime Tallahassee) has no plans at this time to cancel its festival," organizers said in a statement sent to ABC 27. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely and immediately advise if the situation changes."

Organizers say they are working to figure out how best to serve the Tallahassee community as well as out of town guests.

The event is known to attract more than 150,000 attendees and features a wide spread of more than 200 arts, craft, boutique and food vendors from around the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has shared guidelines about how cities and counties should handle "mass gathering" events like Springtime Tallahassee:

Organizers may want to consider the following three phases:

- Planning phase − the period (weeks or months) before the event begins, when operational plans for health and security services during the event are developed, tested and revised;

- Operational phase − the period after plans are finalized and the delivery of the event services begins; this may be several weeks before the event commences if teams arrive in advance to complete their training or preparations;

- Post-event phase − the period after the event finishes when participants are returning to their home countries and organizers are reviewing the event delivery and any follow-up actions that are necessary, as well as reviewing any lessons learned and the event’s legacy.

The Musical Festival on Kleman Plaza kicks off on March 27 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 28, the Grand Parade runs from at 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Jubilee in the Park will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a full list of events, click here.