As events and festivals around the world continue to be cancelled, Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day has been postponed. The ice cream company from Burlington, Vermont has been giving away free cones since 2004. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, we're going to have to wait until "later in the year," to get our free Ben & Jerry's cone.

The official statement from the company website explains that some scoop shops around the world would be unable to participate in Free Cone Day at this time, due to "precautions put in place by local Governments around large public gatherings," as the threat of spreading the virus continues.

"So, to stand in solidary with ice cream lovers everywhere, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Free Cone Day this year," the statement reads.

Ben & Jerry's scoop shops remain open, so you can still go in and get yourself a fix of Half Baked, if you're craving. 

And the Free Cone Day will likely still happen, it's just a matter of when that remains unknown. As with everything else, we'll have to wait and see how the virus plays out.

Until then, Ben & Jerry's will be keeping us posted and are "sending peace and love."

The postponement comes as major events across the continent either cancel or institute new regulations to minimize the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The Montreal Canadiens are set to play in an empty arena when they face off against the Sharks in San Jose, where officials are enforcing a ban on large gatherings.

There have been no event cancellations in Montreal. But production companies Evenko and Équipe Spectra tell MTL Blog that they're watching the situation closely.

Evenko is taking "a number of precautionary and preventive measures to ensure our guests feel safe attending events in our facilities," including new signage encouraging hygienic practices.  

The City of Montreal, meanwhile, is in "alert mode."

Stay tuned for more information.

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