Organizers of Miami Beach Pride announced Thursday that their upcoming festival is cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus.
It was supposed to take place March 28 to April 5. “Upon further collaboration today with the mayor of Miami Beach and our health-related partners, the Board of Directors of Miami Beach Pride has announced the rescheduling of the 2020 Pride event, with the exception of the smaller, outdoor events scheduled for Monday, March 30,” reads a prepared statement. “The decision was based on safeguarding the health of the event’s guests, sponsors, volunteers, staff and community-at-large.”The smaller events Monday include include the rainbow flag raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall, the Pulse Nightclub remembrance ceremony at 1111 Lincoln Road and the pop-up art gallery exhibition at the rooftop of 817 N. Lincoln Lane.
This announcement comes after the organization released a statement Friday re-affirming the event would go on as planned. “Miami Beach Pride remains committed to providing our audiences with an exciting and safe celebration of the unique spirit of the LGBTQ+ and allied communities,” the Friday, March 6 statement stated.
Asked if anything in particular prompted the cancellation a spokesperson said, “Miami Beach Pride developed its statement as a proactive measure in response to current events.” On Thursday the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared an emergency in the county and ordered the cancellation of all mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gimenez canceled several major upcoming events in the county. “Although we do not have community spread at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way.
Therefore, I have decided to suspend the operation of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the MIA 5K run, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena,” Gimenez said in a statement. “As we move forward together during this time, we will continue to monitor what the World Health Organization has determined is a global pandemic. We will constantly evaluate planned mass gatherings as the situation evolves.”On Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported, the first case of coronavirus in Miami-Dade was confirmed by state health officials.
Gimenez is also recommending all gatherings, no matter the size, be reconsidered if they are not essential.
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