Authorities in Beijing have canceled all large-scale Chinese New Year celebrations in an effort to contain the growing spread of Wuhan coronavirus.
“In order to control the epidemic, protect people’s lives and health, reduce the mass gathering and ensure people to have a harmonious and peaceful Spring Festival, it is decided to cancel all the large-scale events, including temple fairs, in Beijing as of today,” read a Thursday statement from the governmental Beijing Culture and Tourism Bureau.
“Citizens shall strengthen the preventative measures and support the decision. We will notify the policy changes with the epidemic development ... And wish all citizens a happy Spring Festival,” the statement continued.
Chinese New Year 2020 runs from Saturday 25 through February 8.