Yelp San Antonio cancels Fiesta medal event amid coronavirus concerns

Updated 4:56 pm CST, Saturday, March 7, 2020

Yelp San Antonio has canceled its Fiesta medal event this weekend over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Yelp San Antonio planned to give out its 2020 Fiesta medal from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fiesta Store on Broadway. Any mention of Fiesta and free medals typically brings out throngs of people. An update on the event’s official Yelp page said the decision was made with the health and wellbeing of the community in mind as the disease continues to spread globally.

The first 100 people in attendance at the event were promised a discount at the Fiesta Store and complimentary margaritas.

The online notice also said official Yelp Events scheduled through the month of March will be postponed.

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“We will continue to plan ahead for plenty of five-star fun in the future and will keep you posted,” the local community manager said online.

More than 3,000 people worldwide have died of the virus. Fourteen of those deaths have been in the U.S. San Antonio has reported 11 coronavirus cases, all of which were evacuees hosted in the city from the Wuhan and Diamond Princess cruise ship. No community-spread cases in San Antonio have been reported.

On Thursday, The Self Storage Association decided to cancel its March 17-19 conference planned at the Convention Center amid concerns about the outbreak. About 1,200 people were planning to attend the conference and trade show, according to officials. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, the third largest of its kind in the country, is currently underway at the venue. About 40 percent of the 10,000 guests were expected to skip the event, according to a previous San Antonio Express-News report.

Local large events, like Fiesta, are still expected to go on as scheduled.

Madalyn Mendoza is a breaking news reporter and general assignment writer. Read her on our breaking news site,, and on our subscriber site, | [email protected] | @MaddySkye

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