Bluesfest, hosted annually in September by the Capitol Centre, is the latest event to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, that’s not all, according to the Capitol Centre. Officials say many of the fall shows have been pushed back to early 2021 in an effort to ensure proper preparation for reopening safely when public gathering restrictions are eased. As a result, the 2020-2021 season will be a condensed version of what was originally planned with the bulk of performances happening during the winter and spring months.

Officials add the Season Launch event, which introduces the new season of performances, will be delayed until this fall when they anticipate on having more information.

“Although we are still awaiting official direction as to what the post-pandemic world of entertainment will look like, we know it will be very different than what we are used to,” says Katina Connolly, Executive Director. “In any case, we are thankful to have the support and guidance of our government and health officials so that we can properly protect our patrons, volunteers, and staff as we prepare to move forward.”

Capitol Centre officials add that enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures continue throughout the building, but additional health and safety mandates are expected prior to re-opening. In the meantime, efforts have been focused during the pandemic on curating and presenting online entertainment to keep people engaged with music, theatre and art. A mix of local, national and international entertainment has been showcased as part of the Capitol Centre’s monthly virtual-event calendars on Facebook. For ongoing updates and information check the Capitol Centre’s social media platforms or visit the Capitol Centre’s website.