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This week, President Trump extended the social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic from March 31 to April 30.
Due to this, events that are taking place over the summer now have to evaluate whether or not to cancel this far in advance. For big events, it’s almost imperative that they make decisions early because of all the arrangements people make to attend.
This is what the organizers of the annual CMA Fest have been going through the last few weeks. Set to take place June 4-7, CMA Fest would be home to thousands upon thousands of country music fans. The festival includes meet and greets with artists, multiple stages to see singers, as well as a huge concert every night in Nissan Stadium, packing it with close to 70,000 country music fans.
CMA Fest is also turned into a TV special for ABC in August every year, highlighting some of the festival’s best performances.
Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of where our country will be in June, the Country Music Association has decided to cancel the massive event. They revealed the news to fans on Tuesday (March 31).
“After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020,” the statement read. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community.“
The statement from organizers also said that if fans purchased four-day passes for this year’s festival, they will be honored at the 2021 event, but will give refunds if preferred. The 2021 festival will take place June 10-13, 2021.
See the CMA’s statement below.