With events that are banned at least until the end of August, the Munich Oktoberfest has become the latest victim of the lockdown. Although planned to start on September 19, the world’s largest beer festival will not take place this year.
From music festivals to major sporting events, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a wave of unprecedented event cancellations worldwide – and the Germany’s Oktoberfest is no exception.
Germany’s latest lockdown measures now include a ban on major public events until August 31. Although the Oktoberfest should start after the current cut-off, the Bavarian Prime Minister said on Tuesday that the festival will not take place this year. ” Based on the current situation, I can’t imagine that such a large event would even be possible at this time,” Markus Söder told journalists. He added that he and the Mayor of Munich had made the final decision to cancell it together.
Two weeks ago, the Oktoberfest vendors had the idea of holding a mini Oktoberfest – one that would only be open for locals in and around Munich. The suggestion failed to gather steam with Munich city officials, who dismissed the idea.
Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world and attracts 6 million people to Munich every year. 2020 festivities were scheduled to start on September 19 and run until October 4.