Ben & Jerry’s Postpones ‘Free Cone Day’ Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12, 2020

I scream. You scream. We all scream because there's no free Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

The Vermont-based ice cream company has announced they are postponing their annual Free Cone Day promotion amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus.

Started in 1979, the event normally takes place on the second Tuesday of April and usually draws large, hungry crowds to its retail locations for the complimentary treat.

“This year, some of our scoop shops in communities around the world will be unable to take part in Free Cone Day due to precautions put in place by local Governments around large public gatherings, considering the increasing presence of COVID-19,” the brand said in a statement.

“So, to stand in solidarity with ice cream lovers everywhere, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Free Cone Day this year. “

But all hope is not lost, Ben & Jerry’s plans to reschedule Free Cone Day later in the year so that everyone can safely gather to enjoy some Chubby Hubby on the house.

Regardless, their ice cream shops will remain open and are ready to serve up whatever your flavor of choice may be.

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, elected officials have banned large gatherings in several states.

Most recently, it was announced that the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments would proceed without spectators. While many television programs, such as “The View” and “The Wendy Williams,” have banned live studio audiences for the time being.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization classified coronavirus as a pandemic. So far there have been over 1200 confirmed cases in the United States and at least 37 deaths.

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