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Portland's Rose Festival postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

This year’s festival was scheduled for May 22 to June 7.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials on Thursday announced the annual Rose Festival celebration in Portland has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s festival was scheduled for May 22 to June 7.

“We are continuing to cautiously plan for a 2020 Rose Festival in hopes that conditions will allow us to offer some or all of our events to the community at the appropriate time,” a statement from the Portland Rose Festival Foundation read.

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The annual multi-week celebration of the city, which includes parades, a fair and much more, has been a fabric of the Portland community for more than 100 years.

The announcement comes as gatherings in the state have been limited to 25 or fewer people for the next four weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also recommended events with 50 or more people should be canceled nationwide for the next eight weeks. The measures are part of a growing list of policies aimed at social distancing with the goal of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

There are 88 known coronavirus cases in Oregon, including three people who have died.

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