COVID-19: Graceland shuts, music festival postponed in Memphis

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Posted at 8:28 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 09:28:21-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Graceland is temporarily closing in response to the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based tourist attraction said Friday that tours of Presley's former home-turned-museum have been called off. Graceland said on its website that it will be temporarily closed from Saturday through April 3.

The tourist attraction is centered on the life and career of the late singer and actor. Presley died in Memphis in 1977. Graceland's closing represents yet another blow to Memphis' tourism industry.

Officials said Thursday that the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest scheduled in May have been postponed.