Chandler Chamber officials announced March 13 that the Ostrich Festival will be postponed out of concern surrounding the coronavirus.
Update March 12 11:30 p.m.: 98° won't perform at Ostrich Festival, festival to continue
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival, scheduled for this weekend, released a statement addressing concerns around the coronavirus March 12 indicating the event will continue as planned, but event-organizers are taking extra precautions at the festival to minimize the potential spread of the virus. The event announced later Thursday evening that 98° would no longer perform at the event Friday night, but the band will appear at the 2021 Ostrich Festival.
In a tweet, festival organizers said they were "working hard to announce a new act so stay tuned."
In addition, due to rain in the Valley, the festival will delay its opening until 2 p.m. March 13 instead of 11 a.m.
"Yesterday, Governor Doug Ducey was joined by Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Director of the Division of Emergency Management, Wendy Smith-Reeve who stated that, at this time, the state is not recommending that mass gatherings in Arizona be cancelled," read a news release from the Ostrich Festival. "Based on this information, the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will continue as planned. Our primary concern is and always will be the safety of our attendees and community. We, along with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the city of Chandler are monitoring the situation and following the guidelines set in place by the CDC and Maricopa County Health Department."
On-site health and safety measures include:
- Adding hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the festival grounds especially in high-traffic, visible areas including entrances, exits, bathrooms and throughout the carnival midway
- Cleaning and disinfecting the carnival midway rides and games multiple times a day throughout the weekend.
- Overseeing that all food safety guidelines are adhered to.
- Placing additional signage throughout festival grounds informing attendees of the best methods to prevent the spread of germs.
To view the updated festival schedule for March 13, visit https://ostrichfestival.com/