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 come after Mayor Levar Stoney announced major events in Richmond should be postponed or canceled.

Latest List of Canceled or Postponed Events:

  • The Richmond Film Festival has been postponed from April 21-26
  • 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
  • VHSL state basketball tournament cancels Friday and Saturday games
  • VSU cancels all large-scale events for a minimum of 30 days
  • Night to Shine postponed until Feb. 12, 2021
  • The Atlantic 10 Tournament has been canceled
  • 2020 Virginia Specialty Food and Beverage Expo is canceled
  • The RVA Career Expo has been postponed but will remain a virtual event. The candidate database and mobile app will still remain active.
  • Peoplelink Staffing Solutions Hiring Event scheduled for March 18, 2020 is canceled
  • VEC Career Hiring Event scheduled for April 9, 2020 is canceled.
  • All special events at the Children’s Museum of Richmond have been canceled or postponed. Click here for the calendar.
  • All Senior Aerobics classes at both Swansboro and Bellemeade Pools
  • Basketball championship games scheduled for Friday, March 13 at Southside Community Center and Saturday, March 14 at Armstrong High School
  • Blarney Bash at 17th Street Market on Saturday, March 14
  • South of the James Farmers’ Market at Forest Hill Park on Saturday, March 14
  • Richmond SPCA’s 18th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run canceled for March 21
  • 7th Annual Commonwealth’s K9 Veterans Day Ceremony scheduled March 14 is canceled
  • The Richmond Greek Festival has been postponed to August 27, 28, 29 and 30
  • Something in the Water music festival canceled in April (Virginia Beach)
  • Hanover County Parks and Recreation activities are canceled through April 12
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts closed until at least March 28
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond closed until at least March 28
  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture closed until at least March 28
  • Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! in south Chesterfield has been canceled
  • Child Advocate Program March has been canceled
  • 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
  • Arts in the Park has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled for May 2 and May 3
  • Menuhin Competition postponed to May 2021
  • Pamplin Park will be closed through April 30.

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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