Memphis in May statement regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 festival
The 2020 Memphis in May International Festival kicks off in seven weeks and plans are underway for one of our biggest festivals ever!
However, with the COVID-19 virus on everyone’s mind, we want to update and assure our fans that while we are proceeding with our plans, we are also well aware of the recent school closings and festival, event and sports cancellations through the remainder of March and into early April. The current consensus with most of the postponed events is to reevaluate the latest developments in early April and make a new determination going forward. With that in mind, we are constantly monitoring the situation and will continue to do so in the days and weeks leading up to the festival.
We are in close communication with our local government, public safety, and public health officials, as well as peer events and the festival industry association to ensure the preventative steps we are taking will provide the safest events possible for our patrons, performers, volunteers, vendors and staff. Safety is always our first priority.
As the situation develops, should it be determined that our events in May pose a risk to public safety, and if directed by a government authority and or public health organization to cancel them, we will promptly do so. In the unlikely event this occurs, all ticket holders will receive a refund of the ticket expense, and all contest and race participants will receive a refund of their entry fees.
Rest assured we place public safety first, and are taking steps to produce the safe, world-class festival you expect. We are planning a fun, festive and safe time in Memphis this May, and we look forward to welcoming you to the party!
James L. Holt
President & CEO
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