The White House will cancel this year’s annual Easter Egg Roll to help shelter the American people from the spread of the CCP Virus (Chinese Communist party) .
The Office of the First Lady Melania Trump announced the cancellation on Monday, March 16, saying the traditional event, scheduled for April 13, will not take place “out of an abundance of caution in accordance with the National Emergency Declaration” made by President Donald Trump last week.
“The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” the first lady said. “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.
“During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials and follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone,” she said.
The Easter Egg Roll has been held nearly every year since 1878 on the South Lawn. According to the White House website, the event was canceled between 1917-1920 due to World War I, between 1943-1945 due to World War II, and again in 1946-1952 because of food conservation concerns and White House construction.
The first lady’s office is responsible for organizing. Traditionally, the president and first lady host and hundreds of children and their families turn out for the event featuring games, entertainment, music, and egg-rolling, according to USA Today.
The first lady has advised people to follow the CDC guidelines to avoid the infection of the CCP Virus.
President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Monday afternoon issued new guidelines, based on the CDC’s general recommendations, to help protect Americans during the global CCP Virus outbreak.