In a press conference held this morning (March 6), Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that Ultra Music Festival 2020 is officially postponed due to the coronavirus.
“We’re emphasizing to the public that this decision is not a cause for alarm or panic, but rather that we are doing it with an abundance of caution,” Suarez stated. “We are obtaining this guidance from the CDC, which defines mass gatherings as those with 25,000 people or more.”
Roughly 170,000 people were set to attend Ultra Music Festival 2020, which was supposed to happen March 20-22 at Bayfront Park in Miami. Headliners were to include Flume, Major Lazer and Zedd.
An announcement posted to the Ultra website and to Instagram by Ultra’s Executive Producer Adam Russakoff states that, “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that The City of Miami has issued an official directive requiring that the 22nd edition of Ultra Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 will be postponed to March 26, 27 and 28, 2021.
“Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, it is impossible for the City to provide access to Bayfront Park at this time. We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to coming to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements. This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance.
“Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event. We sincerely thank you for your continued loyalty and patience during this difficult time. All ticket purchasers will be contacted by email on Monday regarding next steps.”
Mayor Suarez also announced that the city will not approve the special events permit for the city’s annual Calle Ocho Festival, part of Carnaval Miami, which will cause a postponement of that festival as well.