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March 9, 2020

Dear Pie Festival Attendees,

With your safety and the safety of our vendors, artists, and organizers in mind, The Claremont Pie Festival Committee is continually monitoring City, County, and State agencies for news of COVID-19 and its potential impact on hosting this event.

Currently, The California Department of Public Health is not recommending the cancellation of public events and the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low. Just as with other infectious diseases, not all parts of our state are affected equally at the same time. State and county public health officials are continuously assessing the situation and will alert the community as the situation changes. We will continue to be vigilant and make necessary adjustments to our plans should the need arise.

In the meantime, we are communicating with vendors regarding best practices to make all interactions with attendees as safe as possible. This includes frequent cleaning of interactive devices, frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes, gloves for food service workers, and in-booth hand-washing stations. As event organizers, we have added additional hand washing stations and hand sanitizer stations in the common areas.

All community members can help by practicing the following:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" two times.
2. You can also clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Avoid handshakes or hugs when socializing.
5. Stay home if you are sick with respiratory symptoms, like fever and cough.
6. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or cough into your elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available. Discard tissue and wash your hands.
7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
8. A facemask is primarily useful to protect others from getting sick. So if you or a loved one are coughing or sneezing, that's the time for a facemask, to protect others.

The California Department of Public Health is encouraging Californians who are at higher risk from COVID-19 to take action to reduce their risk. This includes older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions.

For more information, you can check out these websites:, and our State and County Public Health department websites:,

We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify you, through our website, Facebook and Instagram, of any developments that require us to change direction. In the meantime, we thank you for supporting the Claremont Pie Festival, and we look forward to seeing you on 3/21!


The Claremont Pie Festival Committee