The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another event as the 2020 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival will not be held as planned.
The August festival, which was to have seen musical acts perform at the Salmon Arm Festival Grounds, has been kiboshed due to physical-distancing requirements implemented since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic five weeks ago.
Festival organizers are offering patrons full and partial refunds, along with donation options.
"It can not be overstated just how much every festivalgoer, joining us from near and far, means to all of us as organizers, volunteers and to the entire Shuswap community," festival executive director David Gonella said, noting organizers hope to see the show go on in its traditional formal in summer 2021.
In the meantime, organizers are looking into ways they can stage some kind of program using technology and hope to have more information in the coming weeks and months.
"We are working hard to ensure every patron is taken care of,” Gonella said. “Every individual we have an email for will receive a message directly from the Roots and Blues Festival that will direct them to the refund and donation process options. Any patrons who did not provide us with an email will be contacted directly.”
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