At 7:00pm Friday, March 13th, the Metal Arts Society of So Cal. held an emergency (online) meeting to discuss the current outbreak of Covid-19 and how best to handle our upcoming events to protect our members and the community.
In the news we have been hearing about many things getting cancelled or shutting down temporarily. Many schools have cancelled their classes or have moved to online-only formats, Coachella is postponed into the fall, The NBA canceled the rest of its season and Disneyland and Disney World are closed temporarily.
The California Government released a statement on March 11th:
“State public health experts announce that gatherings with 250 people or more should be rescheduled or canceled ... Smaller gatherings can proceed if organizers implement 6 feet of social distancing.” (read more here)
The board unanimously came to the conclusion that it would be irresponsible to hold any sort of gathering during the Covid-19 crisis. We feel continuing with any of our immediate upcoming programming could put you and our community at risk unnecessarily. Slowing the spread of this dangerous disease should be everybody’s top priority and we need to especially protect those who are most vulnerable.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but part of our job and protecting metal heritage means also protecting YOU. We will let you know as soon as MASSC programming resumes.