Heated talks and frenzied reactions on social media had been circulating for hours yesterday about the possible cancelation or postponement of one of Miami’s most popular yearly music festivals. In the wake of positive tweets from Mayor Carlos A. Giminez, it was finally confirmed late yesterday that Ultra Music Festival in Miami was canceled for the year over concerns of the spread of coronavirus.

This is the first time in 21 years that the festival will not be held in Miami, and the news comes just days after the cancellation of the same event in Abu Dhabi.

Early Wednesday, Miami officials Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo began talks with Ultra representatives to discuss the possible postponement of the event.

While trying to assure the public that they wished to only push the date back and not cancel the event entirely, Suarez emphasized that they could and would cancel the festival if Ultra did not agree to reschedule.

Cancellation of the event comes as a major disappointment to festivalgoers and ticket holders. While the idea was to prevent the spread of the virus by curbing international travel to Miami, as the festival draws fans from over 100 countries each year, critics felt those with reservations made in advance will simply come anyway.

This fan tweeted that while some airlines were offering refunds, they speculated that you'd still be able to see many of the scheduled festival performers at smaller venues instead.

So far, the coronavirus has affected four Florida residents.

This fan felt that it was only fair to cancel Coachella as well, being much larger and more at risk than Ultra was.

Several petitions to cancel the event had cropped up over the week, with reactions being mixed on social media.

Many felt it was better to be safe than take the risk, while others wished to carry on as normal.

This festival news account sparked a lengthy thread when it announced the cancelation.

Other major corporations and festivals like Disney have assured the public that they are monitoring the situation closely and have yet to close their doors or cancel upcoming events.

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