Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Fears

The city is working with organizers to hold an alternate celebration in the future

Andrew Limberg
March 11, 2020 - 11:13 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Fears of the COVID-19 virus spreading has prompted the City of Pittsburgh to cancel the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for this Saturday. 

“The health of our residents and visitors to our city must be our main priority,” Mayor William Peduto said. “This mitigation measure will help keep people in Pittsburgh and Western Pa. safe.”

The CDC suggests that people avoid “mass gatherings and observe ‘social distancing’.”

“Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” according to the CDC., which recommends all people, even those with no identifiable risk, practice social distancing as a precaution.

The city says they are working with parade organizers to figure out alternate ways to celebrate the Pittsburgh Irish community in the future.

No cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Allegheny County and officials hope canceling the parade helps to contain any spread of the coronavirus.

Pittsburgh joins other cities like  Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dublin, Ireland in canceling the celebration. 

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