Ultra also canceled its festival in Abu Dhab.
First reported by the Miami Herald, Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes confirmed that the three-day electronic music festival will not take place this month. This will be the first time in 21 years that Ultra will not be held in the Miami area.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo told reporters that they would give the city and festival organizers time to “tie up” any “loose ends,” but that they were encouraging representatives from the festival to suspend the event. Details have not yet been announced, but according to the Herald, attorneys are going over the legal issues tied to the decision to cancel as well as the length of the delay.
Ultra Music Festival is the city’s annual electronic dance event and usually draws attendees from more than 100 countries.
However, due to the spread of the coronavirus – in which four cases have been reported in Florida – city officials thought it was best for the community and for health and safety concerns to postpone the event.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez issued an announcement on social media stating, “We’re not canceling any major events in Miami-Dade County.”