The Canadian National Exhibition has cancelled its 2020 event, marking the first time since the Second World War that Canada's largest fair will not be held.
The annual fair had been scheduled to run from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
"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 Canadian National Exhibition Association, in a statement.
I went there last year. Physical distancing at an event of that scale is basically impossible. It's very sad but the organizers had no choice.
Organizers say the CNE generates $128 million for the Ontario economy each year and attracts more than 1.4 million visitors.
The pain isn't over.