Last Updated: March 16, 2020
We at Science ATL have spent the last two weeks collecting information regarding coronavirus’s potential impact on the Atlanta Science Festival. We have consulted with experts, considered guidance provided by public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and have had numerous discussions with our core team and partners to determine the best path forward for our signature event. After much deliberation, we have decided to cancel all remaining Festival events, including the Exploration Expo, given its hands-on nature of many of our events and the expected large numbers of attendees. Ultimately, the safety of the public, our volunteers, and our partners is our primary concern.
We know you are as disappointed as we are by this news. We will work with our partners to support them in producing some of the events in the coming months. At this time, however, we do not plan to reschedule the Expo in 2020. That said, Science ATL is always working on creative ways to engage metro Atlanta in science throughout the year.
We urge our festival community — program partners and attendees alike — to do what they can to hinder rather than advance the potential spread of coronavirus. For the most current information about the disease and its prevention, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health. We also recommend taking the following precautions:
- avoid handshakes and limit interpersonal contact
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- stay home if you are feeling sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.)
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
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