MEMPHIS, Tenn — Mempho Music Festival organizers says they are postponing this year’s festival to 2021, so that it does not conflict with the postponed Beale Street Music Festival.
From the Mempho Music Festival website:
“As we are all aware, COVID-19 has greatly impacted everyone, including all of us in the live music industry. On March 15th, the CDC advised that events of 50 or more people be postponed for 8 weeks. This has forced spring and summer festivals to cancel or reschedule to the fall. This sudden shift has presented unique challenges in what will likely be a crowded and compressed festival season.
We understand that Beale Street Music Festival will be postponed to October, when Mempho Music Festival would typically take place. In addition, production and personnel resources may be limited and artist availability is becoming more challenging in the current landscape. Due to these factors, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Mempho Music Festival to 2021.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mempho was in the process of expanding our brand and had been working closely with the Levitt Shell, and other local venues, to bring more concerts to the Mid-South.
We remain dedicated to our mission of bringing more live experiences to Memphis later this year and look forward to seeing everyone at the Mempho Music Festival in 2021.
Please visit memphofest.com and follow our social media channels for updates and announcements. In the interim, stay safe, continue supporting artists, and take care of one another. We’re all in this together.”
Coronavirus in Context:
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80-percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.