SITW set to continue despite coronavirus concerns

Posted at 1:38 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 22:54:22-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Something in the Water music festival is set to continue despite recent reports of coronavirus spreading rapidly.

News 3 talked to the city's Director of Emergency Management, Erin Sutton. She says, “We are talking with the event organizers daily. Best-case scenario, we move forward.”

She says there also some worst-case scenarios for fans.

“Can you cancel? Can you postpone? Are you reviewing your refund policy? Are you talking about any modification you can make? Is it an indoor event they can move outdoors?"

Those are questions she says officials will only have answers to with time since this virus is still developing.

SITW sent out a recent health and safety notice regarding the festival proceeding as planned.

“SOMETHING IN THE WATER Festival 2020 is proceeding as planned, and we are excited to welcome everyone to the event in 6 weeks. The safety of our artists, fans, and staff is always our top priority and planned accordingly,” festival officials announced Tuesday.

A Virginia Beach couple tested "presumptive positive" for the coronavirus, the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said the cases mark the first two cases in the Virginia Beach Health District, and the sixth and seventh cases in Virginia.

Leaders with Virginia Beach City Schools are also taking precaution.

“We want to do our part. We are cleaning the surfaces of all our schools every night and on a regular basis throughout the day as well as cleaning out buses,” said Jack Freeman.

Freeman is the chief operation officer with the school district.

All non-local field trips have been canceled, with the exception of state competitions.

Despite recent reports concerning coronavirus, Something in the Water will begin Monday, April 20 and end Sunday, April 26.