June­teenth still mov­ing for­ward

VFW Post 1123 post­pones events

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­den@timesher­al­don­line.com @glid24 on Twit­ter

A day af­ter the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Pi­rate Fes­ti­val was of­fi­cially can­celed this year, or­ga­niz­ers of the Vallejo’s an­nual June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion said that their event is sched­uled to be held.

Cit­ing the re­cent COVID-19 out­break and pas­sage of Assem­bly Bill 5, which re­quires com­pa­nies that hire in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors to re­clas­sify them as em­ploy­ees, of­fi­cials with the pi­rate fes­ti­val made the de­ci­sion to skip the fes­ti­val this year.

Both the pi­rate fes­ti­val and June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion are held on the third week­end in June. June­teenth is an an­nual event mark­ing African Amer­i­can free­dom from slav­ery.

In a state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day, Rachelle Jack­son, pres­i­dent of the African Amer­i­can Fam­ily Re­union Com­mit­tee, which puts on the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, said the com­mit­tee is “closely mon­i­tor­ing the up­dates and fol­low­ing guide­lines from lo

cal, state and fed­eral public health agen­cies.”

Events through­out the coun­try have ei­ther been post­poned or can­celled as COVID-19 con­tin­ues to spread.

“At this time, the June­teenth cel­e­bra­tion will be held as sched­uled,” she added. “How­ever, we stand ready to make any ap­pro­pri­ate changes to avoid com­pro­mis­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment for our vis­i­tors, ven­dors and ex­hibitors.”

Mike Spanos, pres­i­dent and CEO of Six Flags En­ter­tain­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, is­sued a state­ment stat­ing that the cor­po­ra­tion is “closely mon­i­tor­ing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and fol­low­ing the guid­ance from the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).”

Spanos said Six Flags has hired an in­fec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist to serve as an ad­viser, while also dis­in­fect­ing all ar­eas of the parks.

“We have sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced our clean­ing and san­i­ta­tion ef­forts on all guest and em­ployee touch points; ad­di­tion­ally, we are pro­vid­ing an abun­dance of anti-bac­te­rial soap in all hand-wash­ing sta­tions, and have placed dozens of al­co­hol-based hand san­i­tiz­ers through­out all ar­eas of the parks,” he added. “Fi­nally, we are fre­quently clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing all ride ve­hi­cles, queue lines, re­strooms, food lo­ca­tions and em­ployee break ar­eas.”

Spanos said the com­pany’s 19 theme parks have “in­creased hy­giene sig­nage through­out our parks and are strongly en­cour­ag­ing guests and em­ploy­ees to prac­tice good hy­giene with fre­quent and rig­or­ous hand wash­ing.”

Also on Wed­nes­day, Vallejo’s Veter­ans of For­eign Wars Karl H. Kreh Post 1123 an­nounced that its St. Pa­trick’s Day din­ner, sched­uled for Mon­day, has been post­poned due to the coro­n­avirus.

“There has been a lot of in­for­ma­tion about this virus in the last few days,” the same an­nounce­ment states. “Due to the age pro­file of our mem­bers we are tak­ing this ac­tion to keep us all safe.”

The post also an­nounced the post­pone­ment of its Na­tional Viet­nam War Veter­ans Day com­mem­o­ra­tion, which had been set for March 29.

While most COVID-19 pa­tients fully re­cover and don’t be­come se­ri­ously ill, these rec­om­men­da­tions are be­ing is­sued to slow the spread and fur­ther pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble:

Stay away from crowded so­cial gath­er­ings as much as pos­si­ble, such as pa­rades, con­fer­ences, sport­ing events and con­certs where large num­bers of peo­ple are within arm’s length of one an­other.

Peo­ple in high-risk cat­e­gories are de­fined as those older than 60, with risk es­ca­lat­ing with age; those older than 80 are in the high­est-risk group; and, re­gard­less of age, peo­ple with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions, in­clud­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, se­verely weak­ened im­mune sys­tems, di­a­betes, can­cer, heart dis­ease or chronic lung dis­eases like COPD.

The East Bay Times con­tributed to this re­port.

TIMES-HER­ALD FILE PHOTO

The Omega Jet Step­pers per­form dur­ing the 2019 June­teenth cel­e­bra­tion at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Vallejo.

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