TORONTO — The Canadian National Exhibition has been cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual summer spectacle joins a slew of large public events sidelined by the outbreak, which also forced the cancellation of Toronto’s Pride Parade and Caribbean Carnival, the Calgary Stampede, live Canada Day events in Ottawa and music festivals across the country.
The Canadian National Exhibition Association says it’s “the right decision during this critical time to protect the health of all Canadians.”
This is only the second time in the CNE’s 142-year history that it has closed entirely.
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The last time was during the Second World War, when the site was transformed into a training and recruitment centre.
The CNE is one of the largest fairs in North America and attracts more than 1.4 million visitors each year.
Organizers say they are looking at whether the CNE can offer virtual events online, such as streaming past concerts from the CNE bandshell.
The 18-day event had been slated to run August 21st to September 7th.
The Canadian Press