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Record Store Day 2020 Moved To June Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Record Store Day 2020 is the latest social gathering to be rescheduled as the U.S. and other parts of the world take safety measures amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The global event, which sees many go out to their local record stores to purchase vinyl and other music merchandise, is being moved from April 18 to Saturday, June 20.
"We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities," a statement said.
Organizers also said they postponed the event to ease fear or concern.
"RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store's place in their community. As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party," a statement on Twitter said.
Coachella and Stagecoach are other major music events that have been moved to a later date this year.
Record Store Day organizers are working with partners to ensure the change is "as smooth as possible for everyone who participates in Record Store Day: customers, record stores, artists, labels and more."
Record stores in every continent, except for Antarctica, participate in Record Store Day today, according to the Record Store Day website.