Richmond-area events canceled, postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

Major events postponed after cases rise

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Major events in Richmond have been postponed or canceled due to health risks surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The postponements and cancellations come now that Gov. Ralph Northam has canceled all events through at least June 10.

Latest List of Canceled or Postponed Events:

  • The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has been postponed from March 28 to Sept. 26, 2020.
  • Shamrock The Block has been postponed with a new date TBA
  • Hanover County Parks and Recreation K9 Heroes Day event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, the event has been postponed until Saturday, Oct 3.
  • Innsbrook’s St. Paddy’s Palooza has been postponed with a new date TBA
  • Night to Shine postponed until Feb. 12, 2021
  • All special events at the Children’s Museum of Richmond have been canceled or postponed. Click here for the calendar.
  • The Richmond Greek Festival has been postponed to August 27, 28, 29 and 30
  • Richmond Raceway Complex postpones the following events/concerts: Track Laps for Charity, Checkered Flag 10K, 5K & Kids Run, Cody Jinks, Chicago, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid.
  • The Republican Party of Virginia announced the 2020 Quadrennial State Convention has been postponed to a later date
  • Spirit of Volunteerism set for May 5 has been postponed until fall
  • Business Appreciation Day has been postponed from May 7 until fall
  • Lebanese Food Festival has been postponed to the weekend of Sept. 18-20

According to Mayor Stoney’s administration, an intense discussion with public health and safety officials as well as guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) took place.

“Public health and public safety are our highest priorities,” Mayor Stoney said. “In order to keep the community safe, we must disseminate the most reliable and current information. This page will serve as a source of official information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, the local health authority, the regional team and the city administration.”

The administration has also designed a web page to provide Richmond’s residents, employees and visitors with the most recent, reliable updates on the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

“We are going to do our part to make sure there is no big community spread," Stoney said.

Parking warnings are posted everywhere on Arthur Ashe Boulevard as thousands of people prepared to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shamrock The Block.

Organizers confirmed the event will be rescheduled but have not said when. (To read the full statement click here)

“If you look at year-to-year sales in March - it doubles our alcohol sales for the month just for having Shamrock the Block here for one day,” Faye Wooten

Wooten is the Operations Manager at Buz and Ned’s Barbecue says the event is one of her biggest days of the year. Many places bring in extra staff to keep up with crowds.

“We were going to set up a tent out here and have five people who would not normally be on the schedule and have a person here on the register for alcohol sales,” Wooten said.

Although disappointing, many business owners say they support the mayor’s decision.

“We’ve never had to reschedule it,” Jon Lugbill said.

It’s not just festivals being postponed.

The biggest event in March, the annual Monument Avenue 10K, has been moved to later this year also.

“Everybody’s entry in March is good through September. Anyone who wants to defer to 2021 and doesn’t want to do it in September can do it with no extra cost,” Lugbill said.

Lugbill says the race is set for Sept. 26 and still hopes to bring 25,000 runners to Richmond. (To read the full statement click here)

“If you want to run on your own and do your own 10K, that’s fine too,” Lugbill said.

Organizers say they are also using a new 'virtual race' feature for those who don't want to compete in person.

The cheers will soon die down at VCU’s Siegel Center where the Virginia High School Basketball League Championship is held.

The competition started Thursday but organizers say they will cancel Friday and Saturday games.

Teams left to compete will be declared co-champions.

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