There may still be three months left in this cursed year, but it’s safe to say that 2020 is over… at least when it comes to the many fun outdoor events we usually enjoy.
The City of Toronto announced on Wednesday afternoon that it is extending its ban on all “City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events” until Dec. 31.
This includes everything from the 115th annual Santa Clause parade to the 2020 World Poutine Eating championship — and so much more.
First put into place on March 31, the cancellation order has already forced Toronto to go without in-person 2020 editions of Pride, Caribana, the CNE, Taste of the Danforth, the Honda Indy, Beaches International Jazz Festival and dozens of other major revenue generators for the arts and culture sector.
Given the financial impacts of cancelling so many highly-anticipated events, Toronto announced another round of funding today — roughly $565,000 — to “support cultural festivals that have been impacted by the pandemic.”
The major event ban has now been extended multiple times, most recently until Sept. 30, as recommended by public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19.