Alhambra cancels Lunar New Year celebration amid coronavirus fears

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The city of Alhambra is canceling its Lunar New Year celebration, one of the biggest events of the year for the Chinese community,
amid fears about coronavirus.

The decision to postpone the event will affect thousands of celebrants and more than 200 vendors, Felix Guo, senior VP with Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc.

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The radio station partners with the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce to host the annual gala.

Guo, who is also a radio host, says there is constant talk about coronavirus and it has created a of level of panic and fear.

He said vendors were on board with the decision and many requested to withdraw from the event, citing concerns of turnout. 

Organizers said they are willing to reschedule the event possibly to May or June.