Pack Away Your Lederhosen: Germany’s Oktoberfest Is Officially Cancelled For This Year
First it was Coachella. Then, Vivid Sydney, along with Dark MOFO; Splendour In The Grass; Bluesfest; the list goes on (and on, and on). It sucks. Now, we add Munich's Oktoberfest to the list of coronavirus casualties.
We know what you're thinking: the event obviously takes place in October. October. That's more than five months from now, which we guess indicates just how long the road ahead of us actually is.
Held in Munich, Germany, for two weeks every year, Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world, attracting over six million partygoers who spend more than €1 billion on their visits.
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 21, 2020
“This is not a normal year and it is unfortunately a year without the Oktoberfest,” state premier of Bavaria Markus Soeder told reporters via Traveller on Tuesday.
“We have decided the risk is simply too great. It hurts – it is a big shame,” Soeder said via 10Daily. This year’s event was set to run from the 19th September to the 4th October.
According to The Guardian, Germany has 148,291 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,598 deaths, as of Tuesday.
As of 6:00am this morning (Wednesday), Australia has had 6,647 confirmed cases and 74 deaths. There have been 22 new cases since 6:00am yesterday
This article was written by Sangeeta Kocharekar
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