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UFO Festival in Roswell has no plans to cancel

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: March 13, 2020 08:46 PM
Created: March 13, 2020 07:05 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- With Coronavirus spreading rapidly across the nation, the city of Roswell says they’re doing their best to keep things under control.

“We are alert to the situation,” Mayor Dennis Kintigh said. “We don’t have any cases that I'm aware of in Roswell and we hope to keep it that way.”

The UFO Festival is less than four months away, but organizers said there’s no need to panic yet.

“We don’t have any plans at this time to postpone or cancel, but we will  be relying on those governmental agencies to make that determination if it comes to that.” said board member of Mainstreet Roswell, Molly Boyles. “We do still have some time, we’re still moving forward with all of our plans, with our vendors and our entertainment -- so we’re looking forward to a great festival this year."

Boyles, the owner of Once Again Consignment and Resale, also says she doesn’t plan to close the doors to her shop anytime soon, but is still mindful of her customers’ needs.

“We realize there are going to be people who are fearful and don’t want to leave their homes, so we are planning on ramping up some additional offerings on social media and selling sites where people can order stuff,” she said.“ We see a quite few visitors from all over the world, and here at our store, we are taking the precautions we can for our staff and our customers as far as making sure items are cleaned –extra spraying of antibacterial, Lysol, those type of things.”

Officials at the International UFO Museum are also keeping a close eye on the virus.

“The safety and health of our visitors and staff is a main priority for us, so we have added additional hand sanitizer stations,” said Catherine Martinez with the International UFO Museum.  “We still have our same crowds, over 1,000 per day, so again we’re prepared for everything that is thrown our way."

Kintigh said emergency officials will continue to work with local healthcare providers daily to ensure the safety of all citizens.

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