The City of Toronto has officially confirmed that all major summer events are cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
In March, they had announced that they were cancelling all events and permits until June 30th, and now, they’ve revealed that all events held in Toronto in July, August, and over the Labour Day weekend will also be cancelled. This includes major festivals like Toronto Pride, Caribbean Carnival, and the Canadian National Exhibition.
The city has confirmed that all major events in Toronto this summer, including the Caribbean Carnival and the Canadian National Exhibition, will once again be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.https://t.co/HhMZSunLLA
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“To continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help provide predictability to major event organizers, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted outdoor events to September 6th,” a news release reveals.
“The city understands the importance of these events to Toronto’s vitality, liveability and prosperity,” it adds. “City staff are working in close collaboration with event organizers, who in every instance possible have been consulted on this approach and given advance notice of this decision. The City is committed to working closely with event organizers to help them manage through 2021 and come back stronger in 2022.”
The cancellation of the CNE last year marked just the second occasion in its 142 years of operation, and it resulted in a loss of $128 million economic impact to the Province.
Pride Toronto had previously confirmed that this year’s annual festivities for Pride Month, which runs from June 1st to June 30th, would be virtual.