Germany's Oktoberfest Cancelled Again Over Covid
Germany's iconic Oktoberfest beer festival has been cancelled for the second year running due to the pandemic, Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said Monday
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd May, 2021 ) :Germany's iconic Oktoberfest beer festival has been cancelled for the second year running due to the pandemic, Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said Monday.
Holding big public events in Bavaria, including the annual Oktoberfest in the regional capital Munich, will not be feasible this year, Soeder said after a meeting with city mayor Dieter Reiter.
"In the classic beer tents at the big festivals, social distancing, masks and other measures are practically impossible to implement," Soeder said.
"The situation is too precarious," he added. "Imagine there was a new wave and it then became a superspreader event. The brand would be damaged forever and we don't want that." Reiter said the cancellation was "a great pity" for the millions of fans of the festival, with "existential consequences" for people's livelihoods.
But the Oktoberfest has previously fallen victim to epidemics -- cholera kept the beer tents empty in 1854 and 1873.
Some states have already lifted contact restrictions for vaccinated people, with the government planning national rules by the end of the week.
"We should hold off on large crowds in a confined space for the time being," he said.