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Elvis Week will go on with coronavirus modifications, organizers say

2020-07-19

Elvis Week will rock on next month with some coronavirus modifications, organizers of the annual celebration at Graceland said on Thursday.

Live performances have been scratched from the festivities celebrating Elvis Presley, but daily socially distanced screenings will take place between Aug. 8 and Aug. 16, according to Graceland.

Each year, fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll convene at his old stomping ground in Memphis, Tenn., to mark the anniversary of the legendary musician’s death.

Presley died of a heart attack at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977. He was buried at Graceland.

All programming at Elvis Week this year will be prerecorded, organizers said, and an annual candlelit vigil will carry on in a socially spaced-out format.

A virtual Elvis Week will take place digitally, according to Graceland.

Tennessee has logged more than 71,000 coronavirus cases, according to health authorities. The state’s official death toll stood at 796 on Thursday.

“It was our hope that we could safely host a full and robust Elvis Week, with minor changes to the planned schedule,” Graceland said in a statement. “But, as the COVID pandemic continues to evolve and health officials learn more about high-risk activities, we must evolve with them.”