From the Board of Faith and Wine Lee County and Faith & Ale
In spite of our email this past Thursday night, out of concern for the well-being of all our guests, we have decided that we must cancel the Faith & Ale – Faith & Wine joint event originally scheduled for Thursday March 19th.
We worked very hard to keep the event on track, and using the best information available at the time, had hoped that we could move forward as planned with some additional cleaning and disinfecting safeguards as recommended by the CDC. However, the COVID-19 situation has continued to rapidly evolve.
A lot has changed in the past few days. Golf tournaments have been postponed. Several sports leagues have suspended, delayed or canceled their season. Many cultural events have been canceled. As of Friday evening, Bishop Dewane has closed Bishop Verot High School for the week ahead, with check points thereafter.
Over the past 36 hours several states have declared states of emergency and have taken the step of banning gatherings in some cases as small as 100 attendees. We anticipate that this trend will continue as we all try to do our part to heed the advice from the CDC and support the social distancing they recommend. In addition, Friday afternoon, the Trump administration has declared a national emergency and has announced further measures to help stem the spread of the virus.
Quite simply, it has become clear to us that there is too much risk for our community of participants to continue at this time and we have therefore made the decision to cancel the event.
We are very happy to report that Immaculée Ilibagiza understands the situation and has agreed to join us next year on March 18th, 2021 for our joint event. In light of this change, we will cancel all tickets and refund the money paid to the credit card from which it was received. Please have patience as we work out this process and know that we will get your refund to you. There is no need to hold on to your ticket for any reason.
We are sorry that this event had to be canceled, but we hope that you share our excitement that Immaculée will join us next season. Thank you for your continued support and know that our Apostolates are praying for the safety of all our members.
Sue Ammon, Faith & Wine Lee County
Jim Dwyer,Faith & Ale – Fort Myers