Coronavirus disrupts local events and adversely effects the economy
Local business leaders are taking precautions regarding the Coronavirus, which was declared a national emergency by President Donald J. Trump in a press conference that occured Friday, March 13.
As a result of the warnings about the virus, many event organizers have decided to cancel gatherings. As of Monday, March 16, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be banned, according to the New York Times. In addition, European nations seal their borders and public life is “severely curtailed,” even on the local level.
Olney ISD--in compliance with TEA--has decided to cancel all school events including UIL--mostly the One Act Play--until the end of March. The sporting events affected by this mandate includes baseball, softball and track. Many supporters have voiced their disappointment about most of the cancellations on Facebook, with most complaints related to the cancellation of the One Act Play.
In addition, residents were looking forward to the annual Olney Chamber of Commerce banquet, which has been canceled due to the governmental precautions set forth by the president.
In regard to the economy, the global supply of goods appears to be the number one concern of local residents.