RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Several major events this weekend in Richmond will be postponed after Mayor Levar Stoney recommended that all large events within the city limits be either postponed or canceled to help limit the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Shamrock the Block was the latest large event to postpone on Thursday morning. The Church Hill Irish Festival and the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K have also both been postponed.
City officials are also encouraging that people practice social distancing.
The recommendations are being made following “intensive discussion” with public health and public safety officials. The city has also created a website to provide employees and visitors with the ‘most recent, reliable updates on the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.’
“Due to the greater health threat COVID-19 poses to the city’s most vulnerable populations, my administration and its partners are taking all necessary precautions to encourage CDC-recommended social distancing,” Mayor Stoney said in a release. “I urge you to share these updates with your family, friends and coworkers. We’re dedicated to ensuring the City of Richmond is as prepared as possible for any escalation, and education is key.”
Norfolk’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean View was still on as of Thursday morning, but Norfolk leaders were expected to update plans Thursday afternoon.
Major cities such as Chicago, Boston and New York City have also canceled St. Patrick’s Day parades. It’s the first cancellation in the New York parade’s 258-year history.
8News has reached out to the city for clarification regarding a timeline of these recommendations, as well as what classifies as a ‘large event.’