Oktoberfest 2020 canceled

Beer festival "Oktoberfest", which is traditionally held in the fall at the Theresienwiese (Theresienwiese) in Munich, in 2020 canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. This was announced on Monday, the newspaper Bild, citing sources.

According to the publication, official information about the cancellation of the festival will be announced Tuesday morning at a press conference, the Prime Minister of Bavaria Marcus Seder and the Lord mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter.

Last week Zeder stated that "very skeptical" about the conduct of the "Oktoberfest" this year in light of the pandemic. On Monday during a speech in the Landtag (state Parliament) of Bavaria, he repeated his assessment, noting that, given the international nature of the festival, it is hardly expedient to organize in the current environment.

"Oktoberfest" from year to year attracts more than 6 million people, the number of liters of beer are also measured in millions. The first time the beer festival was held on 12 October 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Later the festival was held almost every year. 22 times it was cancelled due to wars, epidemics of cholera or hyperinflation of the 20-ies of the last century in Germany.

More than €1 billion wasting away "Oktoberfest" in the days of the meeting. This amount consists of proceeds from the sale of beer, snacks and Souvenirs, the income of hotels and boards the taxi drivers.