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Canadian Folk Music Awards cancelled for Charlottetown

The Canadian Folk Music Awards, scheduled for Charlottetown April 3-4, have been cancelled over concerns about COVID-19.

‘Health and safety … is paramount’

Lennie Gallant is nominated for two awards, including Contemporary Album of the Year. (Ryan McCarvill)

The Canadian Folk Music Awards, scheduled for Charlottetown April 3-4, have been cancelled over concerns about COVID-19.

In a news release Friday morning, organizers said the decision was made on the advice of governments, public health authorities and medical experts, and in consultation with the folk music community.

"The health and safety of our patrons, artists, staff and the general public is paramount and the rapidly changing course of the pandemic world-wide is difficult to predict," the news release said.

Tickets for the event can be refunded.

The organizers said they will be exploring alternative ways to celebrate the achievements of this year's nominees.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which can lead to death.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

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