FOR RELEASE ON March 13, 2020
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. (March 13, 2020) – The Saint Paul St. Patrick’s Day annual parade, LuckyPalooza, Keg ‘O Case and the IMDA Irish Celebrations at Landmark Center have been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Many of these decisions came yesterday afternoon following a meeting with various city officials representing Saint Paul–Ramsey County Public Health Department, Minnesota Department of Health, The St. Paul Mayor’s Office, local business owners, event planners and Visit Saint Paul.
In the meeting, recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health and Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health were shared that included canceling large gatherings of 250 people or more to mitigate COVID-19 transmission.
“These decisions are not easy, but nothing is more important than the safety and health of our community, visitors and customers,” said Terry Mattson, President & CEO of Visit Saint Paul and RiverCentre Authority.
In addition to Saint Paul’s large St. Patrick’s events, the Lumineers concert at Xcel Energy Center originally scheduled for today has been postponed to Sept. 24 and Saturday’s Jason Aldean concert has been moved to Aug. 8. The MLS and NHL announced the suspension of their seasons impacting local teams the Minnesota United and Minnesota Wild. The NWHL also postponed its Isobel Cup Final between the Minnesota Whitecaps and the Boston Pride scheduled for today, March 13, in Boston. Although American Association baseball doesn’t start for two months, the St. Paul Saints are also closely following guidelines of the CDC and World Health Organization to try and make sure CHS Field will be ready when their season begins.
As of today, the CDC has not recommended canceling or postponing travel to any destination in the United States. Visit Saint Paul is monitoring the situation daily.
“The decision to travel is certainly a personal one. We want people to be informed, and part of that is letting people know that despite the cancelation of large events, Saint Paul is open and ready for visitors,” said Mattson. “We will continue to share our city’s story as a travel destination and recommend visitors follow the recommendations of the CDC and public health officials just as our community has done.”
For more information and updates on COVID-19 as they relate to Saint Paul, go to www.visitsaintpaul.com/coronavirus
About Visit Saint Paul:
Visit Saint Paul, formerly the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority, was founded in 1927 as the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau, making it one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the United States. The mission of the organization is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination. Visit Saint Paul oversees management of the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention Center and Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium.