Communitech cancels True North Festival due to COVID-19 outbreak

Communitech announced Tuesday that it was cancelling the 2020 True North Festival in light of the growing COVID-19 worldwide epidemic.

“We’re all disappointed, very disappointed, that we have to do this, but it’s very important for everyone involved that we do the right thing,” Communitech CEO and President Iain Klugman said.

In its third year, the event was to have grown to include several other major events and spread from a two-day event to a week-long festival.

“The health and safety of our visitors, members, staff and the broader Waterloo Region community is of the utmost importance to not only Communitech but to our festival partners,” Klugman said. “It is out of an abundance of caution, and with much disappointment, that we concluded that cancelling this year’s event is the right thing to do.”

Organizers said they expected 25,000 people to attend the festival which was slated  to take place from June 1 to 7 in various locations in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Communitech says it will bring back the festival in 2021.

The festival joins a growing list of concerts and events around the globe which have been cancelled by the growing COVID-19 epidemic.

The rapidly spreading outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and as of Tuesday is confirmed to have infected more than 116,000 people, across 100-plus countries. It has claimed over 4,000 lives.

In Ontario 36 people have tested positive for COVID-19 including a woman in her 50s from Waterloo Region who flew from Italy last week.


* With file from Global News’ Adam Wallis 

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