SAN ANTONIO — The Fiesta San Antonio Commission will hold a news conference on Friday morning to address the future of the event, an official said via email.
The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the commission's office, and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Fiesta San Antonio Commission President Jeanie Travis are expected to speak about the schedule.
This comes as large events across the country and the world are being canceled and postponed as coronavirus spreads.
During Fiesta, 2.5 million people party it up in the Alamo City and the local economy cashes in with an estimated $340 million in sales.
District 7 City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said there has been a lot of panic in the community.
"There has been a lot of announcements right from other organizations about things being canceled," she said. "There is a lot of pressure right now about the decision that will be made locally. I think it is important for us to know what precautions we can take to protect the public."
Sandoval said postponing Fiesta may be a viable option.
"I think the safest thing is to hold off on something like that," she said. "Because, again, we are encouraging social distancing. The best way to take care of yourself is to make sure you are not coming in to contact with someone who may be infected. Again...we can have Fiesta again next year. But if we lose our loved ones, they are not coming back."
KENS 5 will broadcast the press conference live to our digital platforms Friday at 10 a.m.