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Toronto, May 13 (Canadian-Media): The cancellation of 2020 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), scheduled to run from Aug 21 to Sept 7 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, due to the fear of COVID-19 spread, has marked the the first time since the Second World War that CNE, Canada's largest fair will not be held, media reports said.
CNE. Image credit: CNE website
John Kiru, president of the Canadian National Exhibition Association in collaboration with provincial and municipal governments took decision on May 7 to cancel the event for 2020.
Although both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory acknowledged the loss of $128 million for the Ontario economy CNE brings each year, they appreciated the decision of Kiru to cancel this fair this year.
"Safety always comes first at the CNE...We stand in solidarity with the collective effort to curb this global pandemic, and we will all do our part to ensure it happens," said Kiru in a statement.
The Canadian International Air Show for 2020 show, which typically takes place on Labour Day weekend during the final three days of the CNE, has also been cancelled.
The CNE annual fair which started its first edition in 1879, was last cancelled when the fairgrounds were converted to a military training and recruitment centre from 1942 to 1945.
The event remained closed in 1946 to give time for the military to move out.