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Beer lovers at home and abroad have been left disappointed, as the world's largest beer festival in 2021 has officially been canceled.
This is the second time in a row that the pandemic has forced the cancelation of Germany's iconic Oktoberfest, held every year in Munich.
The southern German state of Bavaria said on Monday that they had to call off the potentially hazardous event where revelers swig beer, eat sausages and listen to bands playing in huge tents full of people.
"There would also be the danger that we would see somewhat chaotic scenes because in classic beer halls measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing cannot be enforced. Hence the recommendation to forgo the big festivals this year."
Before the pandemic, roughly six million visitors came to Oktoberfest, including many from abroad.
This year's festival was initially planned to be held from September 18th to October third.
So far, Germany has vaccinated nearly 30 percent of its population.
With the inoculation drive picking up steam, it hopes restrictions that were tightened last week can be lifted in the near future.