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Renaissance Festival

GOLD CANYON -- The Arizona Renaissance Festival in Pinal County and the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff have ceased operations on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Renaissance Festival off of U.S. Highway 60 near Gold Canyon announced it has concluded its 32nd season early and won't reopen this year.

The festival said  online pre-sold general admission tickets and tickets to the Pleasure Feast will be automatically refunded through the company's Big Tickets outlet within one to three weeks processing.

Those who purchased  tickets through Fry's Discount Tickets shouldsend tickets with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AZ REN FEST TICS, 12601 East US Hwy 60 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118, allowing two to four weeks for processing.

"Thank thee for thy understanding," the festival said in a press release keeping in character.

The Arizona Snowbowl announced winter operations will end at 4 p.m. Tuesday until further notice. All lift operations, uphill access, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be suspended until further notice.

“We apologize for the short notice - we intended a very different sendoff for our closing,” said Rob Linde, general manager. “We are following the guidance of Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans and the mandate that goes into effect at 8 p.m. this evening. Although we’re located outside city limits and not required to follow the jurisdiction of the City of Flagstaff, we’ve voluntarily made the decision to suspend operations when the lifts close today.”

Evans announced on Monday night the closure of all bars, breweries and entertainment venues in an effort to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in northern Arizona. The rules take effect March 17 at 8 p.m. and are set to last until April 1.

“We’re skiers at heart and the last thing we wanted to do was to pause this winter season. In addition to our collaboration with Mayor Evans, this decision was made in partnership with the Coconino National Forest, our local government and community leaders,” Linde said. “Our priority is the health and wellness of our guests, our employees, this community and the great state of Arizona as we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Resort staff will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide credits to those who have already purchased tickets, lessons or rentals. Linde said the resort anticipates heavy call, email and social media volume and urged patience as the staff responds to all inquiries.

Snowbowl’s Ski Lift Lodge will continue to accommodate current guests but expects to close both lodging and restaurant services until further notice.

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