The Calgary Stampede has issued a release regarding COVID-19.
According to the release, the Stampede has cancelled the 35th annual Aggie Days and postponed the annual Chuckwagon Canvas Auction as a result of the pandemic.
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“The Stampede continues to plan for Stampede 2020,” the release states, “while recognizing that the full impact of COVID-19 on our community is unknown.”
The organizers also stated that they are working alongside the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and will “react and adapt under its guidance.”
“As a gathering place for our community, the Calgary Stampede is committed to supporting the health and safety of our guests as well as the volunteers and employees who support the Stampede’s community programs,” said Calgary Stampede CEO, Warren Connell, in the release.
“We are in very close contact with Alberta Health Services and CEMA and will do our part.”
Aggie days was supposed to take place from April 1 to 5, with approximately 8,000 students and teachers attending the free event, and an additional 25,000 were expected to attend the following weekend.
The Chuckwagon Canvas Auction was set to take place on March 19, and while it hasn’t been outright cancelled, it also hasn’t been rescheduled.
“We know our community is strong, resilient and pulls together in times such as these,” said Connell.
“The Stampede is extremely grateful for the ongoing support and understanding of our community.”
With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.