Up north in Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee announced on Wednesday that he would be prohibiting all community events of 250 people or more in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to help stem the spread of COVID-19 at least through the end of March.
The NBA has put the rest of its season on hold, and concert promotions giants Live Nation and AEG decided to hit pause on all their tours for the time being, too.
In a press conference today, citing concerns over the rapid spread of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown has placed a month-long, statewide ban on all gatherings of 250 people or more, effective March 12-April 8. Events that don’t cross that attendance threshold may proceed so long as organizers implement effective social distancing measures.
On this page, you’ll find a list of canceled events. If you spot something we need to update, contact us and let us know. Remember: Even if you’re feeling good, and planning on going out to a smaller gathering, all the necessary and responsible precautions should still be taken, and if you’re already sick: Please, just stay home until you feel better.
There are a few venues (and bars) that'll still be open. Holocene and Dantes, for example, appear to be moving forward with many of their scheduled events, but with caution. Considering Holocene's multi-level layout, it makes sense they'd have an easier time spreading people out. In a recent statement, the Holocene camp said:
"We believe that preserving Holocene as a community gathering space, while following all safety guidelines and information available to us, is very important. Therefore, we will continue on with as many of our scheduled events as is feasible. In all cases, our usual venue capacity will be reduced in line with the statewide guidelines.
For any larger and/or touring events which must be postponed or cancelled, we will provide information to ticket holders via email, website and social media as soon as we can. In the event of postponements, your tickets will be honored for the new date and automatically moved over to that new date via Eventbrite (with refunds available on request if the new date doesn’t work for you). In the event of outright cancellations, we will process refunds for all ticket buyers automatically via Eventbrite. We are pleased to report that the vast majority of artists intend to return to Holocene simply at a later date this year.
We also want to make our community aware of the extra measures we’re taking to ensure that Holocene is a clean and safe space. Staff members are actively and frequently cleaning and wiping down surfaces throughout the night at every event, in addition to our custodial staff’s deep clean between each event. We are stocked up on hand sanitizer and soap for customers to use, and stocked up on gloves as well. Our staff is very committed to thorough hand washing practices, and we are encouraging customers to do the same.
If you are not feeling well, are immunocompromised, or just generally not comfortable with attending an event, please reach out to us via Eventbrite’s “Contact the Organizer” function so that we can happily provide you with a refund.
We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and will update with any further policy changes. We wish you and your loved ones the very best in these challenging and uncertain times.
Keep an eye on the Mercury’s website as we’ll be keeping you updated on how COVID-19 is not only affecting the music community but our local community at large."