Review: Munich Oktoberfest cancelled by state officials; fall festival brings in $1.1 billion annually to city
This article discusses how, despite the blow to Europe’s largest economy, the contagion risks associated with having 6 million attendees (2 million from outside Germany) in the city for the two-week fall festival were too great.
While Germany’s extensive testing of the public has allowed them to begin to loosen stay at home measures in parts of the country, the country has a prohibition on larger events that will run until August 31.
According to the article, Oktoberfest was last canceled during World War II, and before that was canceled twice in the 19th century due to cholera outbreaks.
About the Author: Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)