COVID-19 will keep Pennsylvania crowds away on Groundhog Day

COVID-19 will keep Pennsylvania crowds away on Groundhog Day

Fans of Punxsutawney Phil won’t get an in-person view of the prognosticating Pennsylvania rodent on Groundhog Day because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced this week.

The annual tradition on Gobbler’s Knob in western Pennsylvania dating back to 1887 is going to look a “little bit different” and won’t include crowds when Phil makes the call on Feb. 2 whether winter will continue, or an early spring is in store, organizers said Wednesday in a video message.

“Yes, we’re going to have Phil and the handlers in the inner circle and we’re going to pull Phil out for his prognostication on Groundhog Day,” Groundhog Club president Jeff Lundy said. “But due to circumstances we’re all aware of, unfortunately we’ll have no in-person viewing and no guests on our grounds.”

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The famous rodent will instead deliver his prediction via livestream, Lundy said.

“Phil thinks it’s a great idea,” Lundy joked on the clip. “Phil’s looking forward to seeing all of

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