Fate of Electric Zoo 2020 looks dim as New York cancels all large events through September

Organizers of New York’s Electric Zoo music festival have not formally waived the white flag amid coronavirus-related festival and event cancellations, but the prospect of hosting the 2020 Randall’s Island affair looks less promising following a July 9 order from Mayor Bill de Blasio suspending all large events requiring a city permit through September 30.

Parades and street fairs such as The West Indian American Day Carnival and Feast of San Gennaro are among the events affected by de Blasio’s motion. In an interview on CNN, de Blasio said,

“…We don’t need big events anytime soon. We’ve had a lot of success making New York City healthier and we’ve got to stick to that plan. The kinds of gatherings we’re used to—the parades, the fairs—we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”

Although de Blasio and city officials are specifically focused on containing the crowds that parades and street fairs would normally draw, it’s not far-fetched to imagine that de Blasio’s stance on these events would not also extend to Electric Zoo and other music festivals hosted in the state. At present, the festival is still slated for September 4 – 6, 2020.

H/T: ABC 7

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