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JJ Grey and Mofro at the Crystal Ballroom in 2019
JJ Grey and Mofro at the Crystal Ballroom in 2019

Oregon-based events with 250+ attendees postponed or canceled

By SCOTT CUNNINGHAM // Touring grinds to a halt as Covid-19 virus spreads

With Governor Kate Brown's Wednesday evening declaration of a state-wide health emergency prohibiting events with more than 250 attendees, the state's entertainment industry woke up to a new reality this morning. The declaration comes as the Covid-19 virus continues to spread around the country.

In practical terms, all concerts and events in larger rooms are being postponed or canceled. Venues and promoters took to social media and mailing lists throughout the day to provide fans updates to a rapidly changing music landscape. Portland5, True West, Live Nation, and local venues Mississippi Studios and the Crystal Ballroom have all posted notices with calendar updates and ticketing information.

Anyone holding tickets for events impacted by today's changes should check with their respective point of sale for specific information about rescheduling and refunds. As most summer tour schedules are already set and fall routings are in the works by most artists, look for postponements to become cancellations as artists won't be able to make up lost spring dates.

In a sign that the national touring industry doesn't foresee any short-term resolution, Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents both suspended all tours today through the end of the month. The companies have said they will make decisions about April events later this month.

Under the governor's order, smaller venues are still allowed to host events. However, this could change if public health authorities deem it necessary to implement further restrictions.

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