Explore UT canceled due to local disaster declaration over coronavirus

The University of Texas at Austin has canceled Saturday's Explore UT event due to the City of Austin declaring a local state of disaster over concerns of the coronavirus.

UT Austin says the event brings thousands of out-of-town residents — including many young children — to campus, where they participate in high-touch, interactive, hands-on programs for hours at a time. 

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"In close consultation with local health officials, we plan to maintain all other programs, classes and operations, as we continually monitor the rapidly-changing situation surrounding COVID-19," UT Austin says in the release.


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Dubbed the biggest open house in Texas, the event was expected to attract nearly 50,000 prospective students, teachers, and their families to the university's campus on March 7. 

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