Apr 21, 2020 - World

Oktoberfest canceled due to coronavirus

The Oktoberfest site.

Barrier tapes can be seen on the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest would have taken place from in front of the Bavaria. Photo: Felix Hörhager/picture alliance via Getty Images

Germany's Oktoberfest festival in Munich won't take place this year, the governor of Bavaria announced Tuesday.

  • “We are living in changed times,” said Markus Söder, the governor of Bavaria. “Living with corona means living cautiously.”

Why it matters: The iconic festival draws 6 million people a year and was supposed to start Sept. 19. Germany's ban on large public gatherings ends on Aug. 31, but authorities thought it would be difficult to enforce social distancing and require all attendees to wear masks.

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