【再見夏日】CNE正式宣佈取消 二次世界大戰以來首次

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多倫多,也是加拿大最大型戶外活動The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 宣佈2020年的活動取消,看來即使疫情慢慢受控,這個夏季似乎將會寧靜地渡過。

活動捱得過1918至1919年致命西班牙流感,2003年SARS與及同年多倫多大停電,今年敵不過武漢肺炎 (新型冠狀病毒,COVID-19),這個也實在可稱之為世紀級的大疫症。今年無法舉辦,意眛著這個有142年歷史的嘉年華會活動,將會是繼二次世界大戰(1942-1946年)以來的首次取消。

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It is with great sadness that we announce that the Canadian National Exhibition – Canada’s largest fair, and an iconic Toronto celebration – will not light up this summer. The Canadian National Exhibition Association announced today, with the support of the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, that this year’s CNE will not move forward with its 18-day event. “Safety always comes first at the CNE, and the decision to cancel our event is the right decision during this critical time to protect the health of all Canadians,” said John Kiru, President of the CNEA. “Summer in Toronto will not be the same without the sights and sounds of the CNE, alongside so many annual festivals and cultural events that have been forced to cancel.  We stand in solidarity with the collective effort to curb this global pandemic, and we will all do our part to ensure it happens.” In close consultation with the provincial and municipal governments, the CNEA Board of Directors voted to cancel the event this year out of an abundance of precaution to safeguard the health of its employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors and artists; and its shared responsibility in protecting public safety during this unprecedented health crisis. “We believe in the resilience of Torontonians; and know – when the time is right – the CNE will be back.” Click the link in our bio to read the full press release.

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CNE主辦機構The Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) 總裁John Kiru在週二(12日)宣佈這個讓人惋惜,但一如所料的消息。他稱加拿大的健康始終要放在第一位,取消活動,除對入場市民外,對主辦單位的員工、工作人員、演出人員與及參展商朋友們的健康存在極大的威脅。

這個決定也就沒太大的意外,畢竟安省才剛剛準備重啟,大型群體活動屬最後才解封的項目,屬北美其中一個最大型的戶外嘉年華,CNE每年吸引超過一百四十萬人次入場。如此入場人數,對預料剛從疫情恢復的多倫多的確存在頗大的傳播風險。

只是可惜的是,也急需從恢復經濟而言,對大多倫多市政府和市民也是一大打擊,CNE去年為安省帶來收入一億二千八百萬收入,與及帶給多倫多九千三百的收入如今宣佈泡湯。原訂於8月21至9月7日的18天年展,也預計可帶來5,000個臨時職位。