A summer tradition in El Paso has been canceled because of the, everyone together, coronavirus outbreak. Officials with the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live released a statement saying that this summer’s production of Viva! El Paso won't be happening.

Viva has been running for decades and lights up McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre every summer with the story of the history of El Paso. However because there isn't enough time to prepare the production or hold auditions and rehearsals, officials say there is just no way for the show to go on. There are, of course, the concerns about being able to maintain social distancing in the production and in the audience. Officials had scheduled auditions for March 26-28 but when the stay-at-home orders were put into place, they were postponed indefinitely.

The EPCF and El Paso Live officials said they were even trying to figure out a way to hold a shorter run of this year’s show but there was just no way to do it safely. Officials say they are going to concentrate on bringing Viva El Paso back next summer as soon as it is safe to do so.

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