Cancel the SF Chinese New Year Parade

Cancel the SF Chinese New Year Parade

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Jimmy Zhu started this petition to Southwest Airlines and

In the past 1 week, 3 new cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) were confirmed in Northern California (4 total). They were isolated cases, but nCoV has proven highly contagious, capable of spreading quickly through densely populated areas, such as San Francisco. Facing such an unpredictable threat to public health, Southern California (Alhambra) and New York City have canceled or postponed their Chinese New Year celebration events. But the Southwest Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is still set to proceed in San Francisco on February 08.

We believe this event poses a huge public health risk and should be canceled or postponed until the nCoV threat is over

To voluntary event spectators, the cancellation may be a disappointment. But to the thousands of performers, service providers, city workers, and vendor employees, going to the event is an obligation that exposes them to a health risk. No practical precaution can provide adequate protection to them in such a crowded environment. As the virus is highly contagious during the incubation period, a single virus carrier could give rise to an outbreak across entire Northern California, if not wider.

We petition to Southwest Airlines (the sponsor) and SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce (the organizer) for canceling or postponing this event so that public and private employees, volunteers, and vendors do not have to work in an unsafe environment. 

We understand that the SF Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is a long tradition in the city, a pride for many communities. However, this year is a special case. Canceling one year's event will not blemish the history of this tradition, but it will definitely prevent the catastrophic consequences if an outbreak were to take place due to this event. 

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