"A bitter pill to swallow": Statements from politicians
"It hurts us and it is an unbelievable pity", said Prime Minister Markus Söder, when he had to announce the difficult decision yesterday together with Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter: Because of the Corona pandemic, there can be no Oktoberfest this year. The risk is simply too high when millions of people are celebrating exuberantly in the beer tents in a confined space. The Lord Mayor added: "For the Bavarians and Munich residents, the Oktoberfest is the highlight of the year and not to let it take place is of course a bitter pill to swallow." But one that all of us must swallow this year.
Clemens Baumgärtner, Head of the department for work and economy, expressed himself similarly: "Of course I fully support the decision. It is the right decision, because at the moment we cannot ensure that we will have a Wiesn that will bring joy to everyone but not danger - a safe Wiesn."