Austin’s Urban Music Festival, which was scheduled to celebrate its 15th anniversary at Vic Mathias Shores later this month, has been postponed.
The decision to postpone the event comes less than a week after the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals was canceled over concern about the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
"Due to the unforeseen events transpiring in the City of Austin and around the globe, Austin Urban Music Festival (March 27-28, 2020) has been postponed until a later date," festival organizers wrote in a Facebook post to the fest’s official account on Wednesday morning.
"This notification comes after closely monitoring the situation and adhering to the proper precautionary measures stipulated by the City of Austin Government. Our top priority is the health of our guests who have made the last 15 years a success," the post continues.
The fest went on to note that all ticket sales are final, but previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates, which have not been announced.
On Tuesday, Austin Reggae Fest head Pat Costigan said he was "in the process of formulating a plan to present to the city regarding safeguards against the virus."
Costigan said that because the Austin Reggae Fest is outdoors, attracts a young demographic and is scheduled for April 17-19, when Austin temperatures tend to be on the rise, he believes the event is "low risk."
According to the Washington Post, experts have warned that coronavirus might not go away when seasonal temperatures warm up. While it is possible for younger people to die from COVID-19, the Los Angeles Times reports that the risk of mortality greatly increases for people who are older or have underlying medical conditions.
"We will make every attempt but I am not sure how this is going to turn out," he said. He added: "We're super hopeful things can proceed; this is the largest fundraiser annually for the food bank."