Monday, May 3, German Chancellor Markus Soeder announced the cancellation of the famous Oktoberfest in this European country. Yes, German officials explained that this is again due to the COVID pandemic that continues to plague the world.
What did the prime minister reveal to the Oktoberfest?
German Chancellor Markus Soeder reported that the Oktoberfest was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. In fact, the official also said that the organization of other large-scale public events will also be suspended.After meeting with Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich.
Regarding the cancellation of the Oktoberfest, Soeder explained the following to the German media: “In a classic beer tent at a large festival, social distancing, masks and other measures are almost impossible to achieve”.
He then added that the situation was “too unstable”: Imagine that there is a new wave, which then becomes a super event.The brand will be damaged forever and we don’t want that”, He mentioned.
Oktoberfest was cancelled twice
It should be noted that this German Oktoberfest attracts approximately 6 million visitors every year from the end of September to October. It was also cancelled in 2020, so this time it has been completed twice as many times since World War II..
Even, according to Agence France-Presse, This is not the first time that Oktoberfest has also been affected by an epidemic. Since 1854 and 1873, this anger caused the closure of the beer shop, and nothing was sold in those years.
Thanks to Germany’s vaccination campaign against COVID, the number of infected people has decreased, so The German authorities have considered providing new freedoms for people who have already taken the medicine.
In addition, some German states have lifted restrictions on contacting vaccinators, and the government plans to formulate national regulations before the end of this week. Finally, when the Oktoberfest was cancelled, the prime minister said it was “It’s embarrassing”.
*Information from Agence France-Presse by France 24