COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Officials with Columbia Fashion Week have announced this year’s event has been canceled due to COVID-19.
“The new Columbia Fashion Week owners are excited to continue the Columbia Fashion Week tradition, and take seriously the health and safety of our community,” officials said in a statement. “This is our top priority and we do not want to put anyone at risk at such a sensitive time. Due to the uncertainty of all outcomes related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) which has affected our local and surrounding communities, we have come to this decision.”
Even with added safety protocols, ffficials with Columbia Fashion Week added wanted to ensure the safety of everyone who was going to be involved in the event including the children and teenagers who were going to participate.
“Our events require a lot of designers, models, volunteers, and beauty professionals in the back of the house area in close quarters and most venues can not provide the proper ventilation in venues to circulate air for such large numbers,” officials told WIS. “Confirmed COVID19 cases are increasing daily in South Carolina and, until we can be absolutely sure of a vaccine or significant decrease in numbers, we believe this is best.”
The event was scheduled to take place August 13-15.
Officials are now planning to hold the event next summer.