The famous Oktoberfest beer festival is canceled for the second year in a row due to the corona crisis. The Prime Minister of the German state of Bavaria said this.
This year, too, there will be no revelers in traditional dirndls and lederhosen in Munich’s beer halls and tents, where the traditional Oktoberfest takes place every year.
First celebrated in 1810, the Oktoberfest in Munich attracts more than 6 million visitors from dozens of countries every year and generated sales of around 1 billion euros in 2019.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder and Mayor of Munich Markus Soeder made the decision today to cancel the festival again this year because it entailed major financial obligations and there was still too much uncertainty about when the pandemic would would decline.
“In traditional beer halls, measures such as social distancing and wearing masks cannot be enforced,” says Soeder.
“For me personally, this is not an easy decision either,” said Reiter, adding that the second consecutive cancellation of Oktoberfest has “existential consequences” for the people who worked there.
Germany has vaccinated more than 28 percent of its population so far. With vaccination coverage increasing and the number of corona infections falling, the country hopes to be able to ease corona measures – which were tightened even further last week – soon.
Cholera and Wars
Although Oktoberfest is practically sacred in Bavaria, there were other world events in the past that stung the wheels of the festival. For example, the party could not take place in 1854 and 1873 because cholera then had its grip on Europe.
In 1923, hyperinflation caused by the First World War threw a spanner in the works. The Oktoberfest was also canceled during the Second World War, and then again from 1946 to 1948.