As of now, 2020 Folk Festival to proceed despite COVID-19 concern

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Folk Festival says it intends to proceed with this year's event in Juneau despite coronavirus concerns.

    President Ian Putnam said in a letter to Folk Festival attendees that that was its stance as of March 4 after the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recommended not canceling mass gatherings.

    Putnam writes that they will closely monitor guidance from the department and the Centers for Disease Control as it is released and will reassess their position if recommendations from the health authorities change.

    Putnam also wrote that they have communication with Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center about placing disease prevention posters and setting up hand sanitizer stations throughout Centennial Hall.

    Meanwhile, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Tribal Family and Youth Services has suspended all elders program activities in Juneau even though there have been no coronavirus cases reported in Alaska.

    A release points out that the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that older people with severe chronic conditions should stay at home as much as possible.  And it says people 60 years old or older and those with underlying health problems should avoid activities involving large crowds.


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