The Canadian National Exhibition, which was scheduled to run from August 21 to September 7 at Exhibition Place, will not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It marks just the second time in the CNE’s 142-year history that it has been cancelled, and the first time since World War II.
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“Safety always comes first at the CNE, and the decision to cancel our event is the right decision during this critical time to protect the health of all Canadians,” CNE Association president John Kiru said in a statement. “Summer in Toronto will not be the same without the sights and sounds of the CNE, alongside so many annual festivals and cultural events that have been forced to cancel. We stand in solidarity with the collective effort to curb this global pandemic, and we will all do our part to ensure it happens.”
The Canadian International Air Show, which was scheduled to run during the CNE, has also been cancelled.
In his meeting with the press on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford indicated that his government is in the early stages of plotting the province’s reopening. Unfortunately, the CNE has fallen victim to the coronavirus.