Gov. Newsom calls on all events with more than 250 people
to be canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns
Gov. Gavin Newsom called on all events with more than 250 people throughout the state to be postponed or canceled, at least until the end of March, because of concerns about the new coronavirus, his office announced late Wednesday, March 11.
Smaller events, his office said, should proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. And for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, events should be limited to no more than 10 people, his office said, while also following social distancing guidelines.
“Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease,” Newsom said in a statement. “Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now.”
The announcement represented a dramatic shift in how agencies throughout the state will likely respond to what the World Health Organization declared Wednesday to be a global pandemic.
While festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach have already been postponed due to the virus, the folks behind other events, like Insomniac Events’ popular EDM event Beyond Wonderland and the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, have been more reluctant to cancel.
Newsom’s announcement, though, could be the final straw for those organizers.