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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Rockville Cancels Lunar New Year Celebration

Cancellation is Out of Abundance of Caution in Response to Community Concerns 

Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 27 – Respecting the wishes of our partners in the Asian-American community, and others, the City of Rockville is cancelling its Lunar New Year celebration that was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 at Rockville High School.

The decision to cancel the event was made out of an abundance of caution in response to concerns about the coronavirus that have arisen from community members, event participants and the city’s Asian Pacific American Task Force, which partners with the city to organize the annual celebration. The event will not be rescheduled.

Cases of the coronavirus, which causes respiratory illness, have been identified around the world, including five confirmed cases in the United States as of Jan. 27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. None of the confirmed cases are in Maryland, according to the CDC, which is monitoring the outbreak. Concerns about the spread of the virus have led to the cancellation of other Lunar New Year celebrations around the country.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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