The 2020 Juno Awards Have Been Cancelled Due To COVID-19
Local physicians begged the ceremony to call it off.
The show will not go on. The 2020 Juno Awards that were set to take place this Sunday have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. The Canadian awards ceremony features artists from all over the country who attend from multiple places around the world.
The ceremony was set to take place in Saskatoon on March 15 and hosted by Brampton's Alessia Cara.
According to CTV News, a "family physician based in the city" recommended Juno organizers to call off the event.
Carla Holinaty took to Twitter to share her concern writing, "Dear #Junos2020. As a front line family physician in #Saskatoon, I have to beg you to cancel. Saskatchewan has no cases now. The people coming for Junos will undoubtedly bring it to us. Don’t cripple our healthcare system for an awards show."
The Juno Awards announced the cancellation on Instagram as well.
They wrote, "Through the collaborative discussions and with input and guidance and the full support of our trusted partners, including the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we collectively confirm the cancellation of the 49th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week activities in Saskatoon due to concerns surrounded COVID-19."
This cancellation comes after CBC confirmed earlier this week that the awards ceremony would go ahead as planned.
CBC wrote that COVID-19 "has not been confirmed or detected" in Saskatchewan so it would not pose a problem.
According to the, there are currently 103 cases in the country. Affected provinces are Ontario, BC, Quebec, and Alberta so Saskatchewan is unaffected as right now.
Of course, this is a precaution since many attendees and performers would be travelling from around Canada and the US, as well as other areas of the world.
As of right now, the 2020 Junos have no set rescheduled date.