Dublin and Other Cities Cancel St. Patrick's Day Parades Over Coronavirus

Kimberly Dole
March 09, 2020 - 1:10 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Irish cities of  Dublin and Cork both announced on Monday that they are canceling their St Patrick's Day parades amid coronavirus fears. San Francisco also canceled its parade, the mayor's office announced over the weekend.

"We really need to disrupt social engagement as much as we can right now to avoid transmission of coronavirus," said Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Approximately 50,000 visitors usually  flock to the city center for the parade. This was the first major St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland to be canceled.

Due to the size of the crowd expected, and the length of the event, the Cork City Council said they could not provide the "necessary assurances" in line with the guidelines.

Shortly after, Dublin announced their parade's cancelation, which attracts about 750,000 people to the city every year.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said so far, they have not been informed of any changes to the New York City parade.

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