Coronavirus Caution Not Stopping St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in CLT

Update: The Rich & Bennett Bar Crawl has been postponed to June 27th. More info here.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This weekend, thousands will prepare to flood the streets of uptown Charlotte for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as well as the 20th Annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. 

So far, these events are set to go on as usual.

Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina after there were seven presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus throughout the state. 

Gov. Cooper and his team of state health experts advised people at high risk — including those 65 years and older, with pre-existing chronic conditions or a weakened immune — to avoid mass travel and large gatherings.

“We know there are more cases out there which is why we are stepping up our activities right now and want people to take this seriously,’ said Mandy Cohen with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl say they are indeed taking the coronavirus threat seriously, but add the event should go on as planned. 

If you would like to request a refund for the pub crawl you can do so by no later than Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. 

Visit WCNC for more details.

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