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Ultra announces official cancellation of festival in 2020 due to coronavirus

 It will be the first time the festival hasn't taken place since it first started in 1999

Ultra Miami has officially been cancelled.

The decision to potentially postpone Ultra Miami came in a meeting earlier this week between Miami’s elected leaders and Ultra representatives. Now, an official statement has been issued by the festival, citing the Florida Governer's declaration of a public health emergency after the outbreak of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Taking to Facebook to share the official statement, Ultra wrote: "Dear Ultranauts,

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."

Ultra Music Festival was set to run from the 20th to 22nd March at the city's Bayfront Park.

Ultra's Abu Dhabi edition, which was set for this weekend — 5th and 6th March — had already been cancelled amid 'public health concerns'.  

See the full post from Ultra Miami below.