Wiesen 2020 or Oktoberfest, the largest folk festival in the world, will not be held in Munich, Germany this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was announced today in a joint press conference with Bavaria’s Minister-President Markus Söder and Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter.
“It hurts, it’s such a pity,” Söder said during the announcement. “We have experienced that the après-ski in Ischgl, various beer festivals for example, or even carnival events were unfortunately virus hubs. This is why the greatest sensitivity applies to public festivals. As long as there is no vaccine, as long as there is no medicine, special care must be taken.”
“This will disappoint a lot of people,” Reiter said. “We have about two million foreign visitors, we have a beer festival where people sit close together.” The Lord Mayor continued: “I am a big Wiesn fan, not only because of my task of tapping, but I am at the Theresienwiese almost every day. That’s one of the hardest decisions you can make.”
Read the full statement and watch the videos of Söder and Reiter’s statements at oktoberfest.de. The statement is in English, and the videos are in German.