MUNICH | The beer Festival in Munich, scheduled this year from 19 September to 4 October is cancelled due to risks linked to the outbreak of new coronavirus, announced on Tuesday that the bavarian authorities.
The municipality of Munich and the region of Bavaria fell “agreement to judge that the risks were simply too high” with more than 6 million expected visitors, of which one-third from overseas and Asia in particular, said the head of government of the regional State of Bavaria, Markus Söder.
“This is why we have decided that the Beer Festival would not take place this year,” he added.
It has left also to hear that a return of this event, one of the world’s largest of this kind, could be considered only in the event of a vaccine available against the COVID-19, because it is impossible for such a celebration, “living in proximity”, to establish rules of distancing between visitors.
The mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter has talked about him to”a sad day” and”a bitter pill” with a significant shortfall to the bavarian capital since the beer Festival usually generates more than 1.2 billion euros (1.84 billion $) of benefits.
“From hotels to restaurants, passing by the taxi drivers, everyone is going to have less money in his wallet”, he warned.