Event rescheduling multiplies as coronavirus spreads(L to R) Friends Chris, Hale, and Rachel paint miniature figures from the game War Hammer 40K at the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo at North Dekalb Mall. File Photo by Greta Reynolds
This story has been updated.
Greater Decatur, GA – The event cancelations and postponements are piling up as coronavirus continues to spread throughout Georgia and the United States.
The Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo set for this weekend, March 14 and March 15, has been postponed. The annual event is held at North DeKalb Mall. Details about the new date for the event will be announced at a later time.
Here’s the full statement from the Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo:
At its core the Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo is a labor of love by fans for fans. As the Expo grows, we have been able to keep the event admission free through the generous support of our volunteer staff, event partners, and vendors. We all love the community we have built together and are committed to the safety and well being of everyone involved. In the last twenty-four hours, there has been increased focus on the role public gatherings could play in transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Many of you reached out to express your concerns and inquire about our plans for this weekend. Although we have established revised sanitation and engagement protocols for the Expo, we decided to seek direct consultation from professionals familiar with the virus and its spread in the Metro Atlanta area. We have been advised social distancing is an increasingly necessary and key component to reducing further transmission. Based on these discussions and an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s event.
We ask that our guests, panelists and friends of the show remain patient as we continue to monitor the situation and determine alternate dates. Our combined efforts have created an amazing experience for this year’s Expo (seriously, did you see the lineup?!!!) and we are absolutely committed to hosting a 2020 event.
Please continue to visit www.atlantascifiexpo.com and follow us on social media for updated information.
The Westchester Elementary Battle of the Bands fundraising event on March 27 has also been postponed. Numerous other PTA fundraisers at Decatur schools have been postponed.
Tucker has canceled its annual chili cook-off. Here’s the full announcement from the city of Tucker:
TUCKER, Ga. (March 12, 2020) – Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Tucker announced Thursday that the Tucker Chili Cook-off is being postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Cook-off, now in its ninth year of operation, will be moved to a later date.
“I was really hoping we would be able to pull it off, but after much discussion we have decided to err on the side of caution and postpone,” said Chili Cook-off organizer Jamey Wilson. “This was not an easy decision for us to make, but this event attracts thousands of people and it just didn’t seem worth risking people’s health.”
The Chili Cook-off annually draws thousands to Tucker’s Main Street. It is organized by a group of local business leaders under the umbrella of the Old Town Tucker Merchants Association (OTTMA).
Meantime, the Tucker Parks and Recreation Department is altering details for its popular Pi Day Pie-K. The fun-run, which takes place on March 14 to celebrate the mathematical pi, has participants run or walk 3.14 kilometers. It originally promised participants some post-run pizza pie from event sponsor Papa John’s, but due to virus concerns, no food will be served after the race.
“We know that people are going to be disappointed, but safety is always our top priority,” said Tucker Recreation Leader Crystal Dawson. “So, once concerns about the virus blow over, we’ll be encouraging our Pi Day participants to join us for a Papa John’s pizza party.
“On Saturday, if you’re not feeling well or are concerned about running with a group, we want to invite you to use a running app to log 3.14 kilometers on your own. You can take a picture, post it to social media and feel like you were there. Then make sure to join us at a later date to enjoy that pizza party to celebrate Pi Day.”
The Pi Day Pie-K debuted last year and had nearly 100 participants lined up outside of Tucker Recreation Center to run or walk. This year’s event will feature two heats; one beginning at 8 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m. For more information on either of the postponed events, go to www.tuckerchilicookoff.com or www.tuckerga.gov/parks.
Dad’s Garage announced the postponement of its “The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival” fundraiser event that was scheduled for March 28.
“Due to a variety of concerns related to ticket sales and safety, we have decided to postpone our fundraiser,” says Dad’s Garage Managing Director Lara Smith. “We have seen a major stall in ticket sales due to uncertainty over coronavirus, as well as this season’s unusually wet weather. The choice to postpone the event creates an opportunity to reclaim this fundraising revenue in the future, rather than face a significant loss.”
Decaturish has also canceled this month’s session of “Stuff Court,” a monthly improv show held at the Pinewood restaurant.
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