The 2020 Juno Awards are officially cancelled because of coronavirus
The 2020 Juno Awards are officially cancelled in light of growing concerns about the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the cancellation on Thursday morning in a joint statement with the city of Saskatoon and the province of Saskatchewan.
The statement says, "We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decision that impact our communities."
"We know that this is the right decision based on the information we currently have and are continuing to receive."
The 2020 JUNO Awards have been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/eVvT3KUT8D— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) March 12, 2020
The show was scheduled to hit the SaskTel Centre stage in Saksatoon, Sask., on March 15.
The announcement came just hours before Saskatchewan revealed its first presumptive case of coronavirus, bringing Canada's total to approximately 136 cases.
Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara — who was scheduled to host the 2020 Juno awards — expressed her disappointment on social media.
Cara wrote, "I'm so sad (as is everyone putting together the show) but it wouldn't be safe or smart to put thousands of people in an arena right now. Everyone's health and safety comes first."
.@TheJUNOAwards :( pic.twitter.com/jE3SqhIq7u— ac (@alessiacara) March 12, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused major event cancellations all across Canada, including tech conferences, parades, and even the NBA season.
With the Quebec government starting to ban public gatherings, it's unclear whether other or not music events like Osheaga will go ahead as planned in July.
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