RI Air Show canceled over coronavirus concerns

NASCAR Daytona 500 Auto Racing_1531579305688

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a flyover during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island National Guard announced Wednesday that this year’s Open House Air Show has been canceled over concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The event was planned for June 20-21, after it was moved a week earlier to accommodate the headliner, the USAF Thunderbirds.

In a statement, Major General Christopher Callahan said the decision “does not come without disappointment,” but was made so the R.I. National Guard can focus its attention on supporting residents’ health and safety during the crisis.

Gov. Gina Raimondo activated the National Guard last week to staff testing and call centers, distribute food and other necessities to vulnerable residents, and train civilian medical personnel.

“Our resources need to be acutely focused on the mitigation of the spread of this virus while remaining ready for our mission as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force,” Callahan said. “We thank you for your continued support of our Rhode Island Soldiers and Airmen.”

Coronavirus: Coverage and Resources

What’s Open in RI & Mass. | Find a Testing Site Near You | Latest Headlines | En Español: 12 Informa | COVID-19 Tracking: Maps, Charts, Interactive Data | Projection Models | CDC Resources | RI Health Department | MA Health Department

RI Coronavirus Hotline: (401) 222-8022 | Work-Related Questions: (401) 462-2020 | Mental Health Assistance: (401) 414-5465

Coronavirus: Latest Headlines

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on WPRI.com

Community Events & Happenings

More Community
Live Cams on WPRI.com

The Border Report Tour

More Border Report Tour