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Coronavirus: Tracking Alberta Arts Event Cancellations



As many of us now know, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, as a pandemic.

In a news story, the Calgary Herald reported that “Alberta’s top doctor announced Thursday afternoon that a ban is now in place for all public gatherings of 250 or more people.”

“Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the ‘aggressive new measures,’ which prohibit events including sports events and concerts. It doesn’t affect things like places of worship or grocery stores. Events of less than 250 can proceed if risk mitigation measures, like introducing sanitizer stations and a mechanism for keeping ill folks from attending, are in place. Schools will not be closed yet.”

As a result of such measures, many if not most upcoming scheduled Alberta arts events have been postponed or cancelled. There’s a new announcement about such a thing, almost every few hours.

We here at CKUA are monitoring social media for updates from Alberta venues, organizations, and local and visiting artists and will share everything we can with you, online, and on the air.

If you were planning on attending an event in the province, we suggest you check the relevant venue and artist sites for the latest information and keep listening to CKUA on the radio, our app (on Google Play or Apple), and our site.

It goes without saying that this is an unprecedented situation for all of us and that it’s important that we all care for each other and ourselves. We hope you remain informed, stay healthy, remain mindful of others and, if possible, are able to make use of our station’s programming, as a therapeutic, relaxing tool.

We can get through this and hope that our music, arts, and culture programming gives you some respite.

Read a book, make a meal, share a joke, love your friends and family, listen to the radio.