The huge annual Beatles convention, The Fest for Beatles Fans, has been postponed because of coronavirus fears. It had been scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, March 27-29.
Organizers hope to reschedule it at some point “when the time is right and this virus has passed,” they said in statement to their patrons.
They also said, in the statement: “We know there are not a lot of reported (coronavirus) cases out there right now, but they are increasing every day and likely there are many more out there than is currently being reported due to the lack of test kits.
“Unfortunately, the writing is on the wall. The FEST is in less than three weeks and it is not known when the virus is going to kick into high gear. We do know that people over 60 are more vulnerable than the under-60 population. As (DJ and writer) Ken Dashow points out, the FEST is like a Beatles Thanksgiving — lots of hugs and kisses, handshakes and being with everybody, and sometimes in close quarters with lots of fans mostly from all over the U.S., and a bunch from England.”
Having started in 1974, The Fest bills itself as the world’s “longest running Beatles celebration.” Before changing its name, it was known as Beatlefest.
For information, visit thefest.com.
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