September might seem like a long way off. But when the world is in lockdown, and you have been looking forward to the annual festival that is ‘Oktoberfest’ then time will go quickly as one week merges into the next.
The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest.
It is a yearly event that is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The festival itself goes on for 18 days. So that’s 18 days of drinking and eating sausages.
Each year, around 6 million thirsty revellers head to Oktoberfest, making it one of the biggest (if not the biggest) festivals in Europe.
But unless we can get control of COVID-19, then Oktoberfest will undoubtedly become another one of the significant annual events that gets cancelled.
The planned start date for Oktoberfest this year is scheduled for the 19th of September.
But will it go ahead?
This is what Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner, head of the department for work and economy, says:
“The question moves us all, of course. Of course, as the organizer of the Wiesn, together with all our partners, I would like to see that there is no need to cancel.
“Therefore, we want to monitor the situation until the last possible moment before an irreversible decision is made.
“That will be in June at the latest,” says Baumgärtner. “That is why we are continuing to plan the Wiesn as usual. However, it is still too early for a binding assessment today.”
Baumgärtner continued: “Of course the decision will be made with the greatest possible responsibility. In the end, it will largely depend on what the medical experts advise and what health policy and safety regulations will be issued by the federal government and the Free State.”
So if you are one of the 6 million people expected at this years event, you have got an even greater motivation to stay indoors during the global lockdown!
Hopefully, we will see you out there! But do you think it will be cancelled? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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