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Mexico's 'Vive Latino' Music Festival Forges on Despite Coronavirus

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses
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Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs onstage during the 'Not In This Lifetime' Tour at TD Place Stadium on Aug. 21, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. 

The Mexican festival Vive Latino has no plans of shutting down this weekend, says Jordi Puig, Vive Latino founder and director.

The long-running festival in Mexico City begins return Saturday and Sunday, bringing together bands from around the world to six stages with attendance for each of the two days typically approaching 100,000. Headlining the festival this year is Guns N’ Roses, but not every band is showing up, as some are canceling their turn at the iconic festival and making those announcements on social media.

"Yes, there will be some cancellations, but festivals are all about the experience and for now we're moving forward," Puig says. "Authorities (Mexican government) are telling us that we are in Phase 1 and we can move forward and that's what we're doing."

Puig says the festival is relaying key information through its social media platforms. Additionally, he says, the venue is equipped with hand sanitizers throughout the Foro Sol, but the festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday without interruption.

"This is changing hour to hour," Puig said. "We will keep people in the loop through our social media platforms."

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