This year’s Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley, CA has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. In a statement released on Instagram on Sunday, the organizers revealed that they have decided to postpone the event due to complications around the coronavirus situation. The festival was due to take place on 16-19 July 2020.
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To our beloved wanderfam: we have some disappointing news. We are taking a deep breath and calling on our yogic powers to keep it all in perspective. This is why we practice, right? Sadly, we will not be mounting our 2020 events in the USA due to complications around the coronavirus situation. Many other international events will go ahead as planned in 2020, so please read the full letter from our CEO to learn more about how we landed at this difficult decision. . Please know we are as disappointed as you are, and we look forward to coming together with you in the future. https://wanderlust.com/journal/2020-events-update-corona-kicked-our-asana/. . ~~~~~ Dear Wanderlusters – As we watch the unfolding of the effects of coronavirus around the world, we offer our condolences to its many victims, and our gratitude to the thousands of health care workers fighting its spread. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak is already having a significant effect on Wanderlust. You probably know us from our US and Canada events, but we also work with trusted international partners to produce annual Wanderlust events in more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Operating globally, however, makes us more vulnerable to unusual and unexpected disruptions, and this is one such example. . Last week, our partners in Asia were forced to cancel planned events in China, Singapore and several other Asian countries due to coronavirus. Those cancellations have had a significant impact on the financial position of our parent company here in the US, and raise the question of whether it would be prudent to put our three planned US events on sale in the coming weeks. . After careful consideration of our options, and weighing the real possibility of future corona-related disruptions here, we have come to the very difficult decision that we will not continue with our 2020 events in the United States. . …CONTINUED IN COMMENTS…
So far, there is no word if other events in California or northern Nevada have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As of Wednesday, eight people have now died from the coronavirus in the US, all in Washington state, and at least 128 others have been infected, including in Placer County, home to Squaw Valley.