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Concerts and music festivals continue despite others canceling over COVID-19

CRSSD electronic music festival attracts 15,000 people each year to Waterfront Park. Festival-goers say they are not worried and not going to live in fear.

SAN DIEGO — More events are being canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Stanford University in California canceled classes for the next two weeks. South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas and Ultra electronic music festival in Miami have both been canceled later this month. However, the show went on at CRSSD music festival in San Diego at the Waterfront Park on the Embarcadero.

"You are here with your best friends, having the best time of your life, listening to the best music in the world in the most beautiful city, we are going to be alright," said Chip Bouchard. 

Fifteen thousand people will crowd the park each day over three days at the sold-out CRSSD festival.

“You gotta live it up. There are bad things that happen everywhere,” said Stevie “Wonders” Villalba.

Although on a much larger scale, SXSW, which attracts, 161,000 people in Austin and Ultra, 170,000 people from across the globe canceled it’s festivals scheduled for later this month.

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“I was super sad Ultra got canceled that's why I came here to CRSSD,” said Yami Sotelo.

A spokesperson for CRSSD says they are following county health recommendations and adding cashless payment systems and extra hand sanitizing dispensers.

“Be clean, wash your hands out on some sanitizer,” said Art Rojas.

Venues with similar sizes in San Diego are continuing its entertainment. Pechanga arena in Midway District, holds up to 16,000 people and had Blake Shelton Friday, Seals on Saturday and Tame Impala on Monday. A spokesperson issued a statement:

[San Diego] At ASM Global we are closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and any potential impact it may have on our day-to-day operations here in at Pechanga Arena San Diego. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. Through public health organizations such as, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) we are staying abreast of the latest updates and developments as they occur. Any actions we take will be consistent with guidelines from these agencies and local health department officials.

Riverside County health officials have not cancelled Coachella, in Indio scheduled for April.

CDC has issued guidelines for mass gatherings during COVID-19.

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