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Germany’s iconic Oktoberfest celebration has officially been canceled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
The traditional celebration is typically held in Munich from mid-September until early October. While this year’s festivities are still a few months away, officials decided to make the call early because of the dangers of gathering in large groups amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We agreed that the risk is simply too great,” Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder said in a press conference.