Melania Trump issued a statement admitting that the health risks of holding the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House were simply too great due to the coronavirus.
“The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” First Lady Trump said in her statement. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term.”
Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the National Emergency Declaration concerning the COVID-19, the Office of the First Lady is announcing that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll has been canceled. pic.twitter.com/Qr8VdWj6Bw
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 16, 2020
News of the cancellation of the Easter Egg Roll comes as schools, restaurants and other businesses are closing due to increased risk of coronavirus. As of March 16, there are 3,813 confirmed cases in the United States and 69 deaths.
“During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone,” First Lady Trump said in her statement.