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Organizers, city officials discuss coronavirus impacts on Springtime Tallahassee

Posted at 5:15 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:15:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — While there are not any confirmed cases on COVID-19 in the Big Bend, there are concerns with thousands expected to gather for the annual Springtime Tallahassee in just two weeks.

Currently, organizers with Springtime Tallahassee say there are no plans to cancel the event.

But. the board is still weighing its options.

The Springtime Tallahassee Board met on Monday to discuss the possible impact of the coronavirus.

The annual event brings in nearly 150,000 people to the Capitol over the weekend.

During Monday's meeting, organizers discussed the CDC and the World Health Organization's guidelines for event organizers to follow.

A coronavirus plan will be presented to the city of Tallahassee over the next couple of days.

Marcia Thornberry, the President of Springtime Tallahassee, says the festival is working to make things like hand sanitizer available during events.

Springtime Tallahassee issued a statement about why they aren't ready to pull the plug on the festival just yet.

We would like to assure all of you that ST is regularly monitoring the CDC, the World Health Organization, and White House statements regarding the Coronavirus risk, safe practices, and recommendations. Based on our review of the current situation and the recommendations of the CDC and others, ST has no plans at this time to cancel its festival.
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The big parade and jubilee in the park are still planned for March 28.

Springtime Tallahassee is working with the City on this, so things could change between now and the big day.