MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami leaders have decided to cancel Calle Ocho and Ultra Music Festival for 2020 as the concern over preventing the spread of the coronavirus grows.
The announcement of postponing the events until next year was made in a meeting held on Friday morning.
The special events permit for Calle Ocho has been denied by the city for this year’s planned event.
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said it is a postponement until the coronavirus threat subsides.
“As COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise, public gatherings can pose a risk by increasing person-to-person contact, often putting groups in close proximity to one another,” said Suarez. “We are obtaining this guidance from the CDC, which defines mass gatherings as those with 25,000 people or more.”
Calle Ocho’s cancellation comes two days after reports were made that Ultra Music Festival was postponed for this year.
City leaders and the festival’s official account confirmed the reports saying Ultra will be postponed to March 26 through 28 of 2021.
A notice on Ultra Music Festival’s website and Facebook page stated those who purchased tickets for the event will receive an email on Monday but did not specify if refunds would be issued.
City of Miami leaders said they are aware it is not a favorable decision for those who were anticipating the events and bought tickets and even flights, but they stressed it was the responsible thing to do.
Officials said the decision came after checking with CDC guidelines and speaking to health experts about the virus.
“We’re going to see it sooner or later and most likely it’s within our community already,” said Miami District 3 Commissioner Joe Carollo.
“We have to err on the side of caution,” said City of Miami Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Zahralban.
“In a time when we do not yet have a vaccine, when testing kits are not abundant globally and geographically enough to take care of the situation, residents are being asked to change their habits while our city can take proactive measures as well,” said Miami District 2 Commissioner Ken Russell. “Being proactive is not panic.”
City of Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina also stressed that while not much is known about the coronavirus, it is known the elderly and those with underlying health issues are most at risk.
“While in South Florida and in the City of Miami, we have a sizable elderly population, and we need to be especially mindful of our most vulnerable, and that’s the elderly. That is one of the elements that we considered in making this decision,” said Colina.
Mayors of other municipalities across Miami-Dade said their scheduled events would remain as planned.
“Jazz In The Gardens is going forward,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III.
“We do have a number of events coming up, and for the time being, the message is we’re staying the course,” said North Bay Village Mayor Brent Latham.
The City of Hialeah will not be taking any chances and decided to cancel all events scheduled for March.
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