Essence 2020 cancelled, other festivals could too because of COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Essence Festival organizers pulled the plug on the 2020 edition of the party with a purpose and other festivals could do the same.

Festival season is on pause as Louisiana deals with the Coronavirus.

“We’re just going with the flow. We’re kinda just taking things one step at a time, one day at a time,” said Rebekah Rainey, Communications Director for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Rainey explained the annual Ebb and Flow festival, which would have happened earlier this month, is still postponed.

Wednesday, Essence Festival organizers told fans they will miss them much, cancelling the annual party with a purpose until 2021. Some say other festivals could do the same.

“I’m still optimistic that we will see a drop off and hopefully be able to slavage some events that are planned toward the end of this year,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

Nungesser explained the pandemic will have a devastating long term effect on Louisiana’s billion dollar tourism industry. He said the key is making sure people are safe going to festivals and other big events.

Nungesser asked, “Does that mean wearing a mask and gloves? Does that mean in a restaurant that could seat 200 can now only seat 100. Do we have throw away menus so that can’t be traced?”

Rainey added, “We are hopeful to reschedule as soon as we can.”

Nungesser said it will ultimately be up to medical professionals to let us know when we can start to get back to some type of normal.

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