Germany’s Oktoberfest will not take place this year

Siobháin Spear
Apr 21, 2020

Oktoberfest 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 21: Since the WHO labelled the novel coronavirus a pandemic in March, countries around the world have enacted lockdown restrictions, and major global events have been postponed or cancelled. Joining the list of global events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 is Germany’s Oktoberfest, which was scheduled to take place from September 19 to October 4.

Held in Munich every year, and celebrated in major cities around the globe, Germany’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival. Gathering approximately six million people, who travel from near and far, the festival is a long standing Bavarian tradition that dates back to a royal wedding in 1810. Every year, revellers gather in packed tents with long wooden tables to drink steins of Bavarian beer and and eat traditional German cuisine.

The cancellation of Oktoberfest 2020 has been announced by Germany’s southern state of Bavaria and the official website is noting the corona pandemic as the reason why this year’s celebrations will not go ahead.

With Oktoberfest typically bringing in more than 1 billion euros to Munich, it is yet another economic blow as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

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