FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020

Contact: Mike Burke, 850-416-1153
mburke@ascension.org

Coronavirus concerns prompts cancellation of Festival of Flowers
MOBILE, Ala. — As part of community efforts to minimize the spread of Novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19), the Providence Hospital Foundation and Providence Hospital have made the
difficult decision to cancel the 27th Annual Festival of Flowers scheduled for March 26-29 in
Mobile.

The event typically attracts about 16,000 visitors from across the Southeast.
“The health and safety of the community and our volunteers is always a top priority and
we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Mimi Lyons Bell,
director of the Providence Hospital Foundation.

No cases of coronavirus have been reported yet in the Mobile area, but the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that communities and
Individuals take actions now to reduce the risk from COVID-19. That includes the “social
distancing” guidance that all persons at increased risk of severe illness should consider
staying at home and avoiding large gatherings or other situations of potential
exposures.

“The decision to cancel the Festival of Flowers was difficult,” Bell said. “We know this decision
will have a significant impact on the community. But we simply could not put the lives of people
and the safety of our community at risk.”