Yesterday, Miami city officials forced Ultra Music Festival to cancel their 22nd annual event due to the Coronavirus. Now the French Government is following suit in a decision to cancel Tomorrowland Winter‘s second edition. The call, which Tomorrowland organizers said the government had been deliberating since last Saturday, comes on the heels of France declaring a state of emergency.
“[I]t is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that the French Government has decided to cancel this year’s edition (March 14 -21),” Tomorrowland organizers said in a public announcement. “Since Saturday we were in close contact with the French Government about the impact of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and we finally received their official decision.”
The government also canceled other large-scale gatherings like the Paris half-marathon and other major sporting events. There are now 130 confirmed cases in France, according to Politico. “All public gatherings of more than 5,000 people in a confined space are temporarily banned,” health minister Olivier Véran announced.
The second edition of Tomorrowland Winter was set to take place in less than ten days, from March 14 to 21, at Alpe d’Huez in France. The ski resort will remain open for those already planning to travel to the country. All attendees will be contacted by Tomorrowland by e-mail soon.