The 2020 JUNO Awards, initially scheduled for March 15, have been cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The decision was made by the Province of Saskatchewan — where the awards were slated to take place — in collaboration with the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
“We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” reads a release.
“We know this is the right decision based on the information we currently have and are continuing to receive. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”
The 2020 JUNO Awards have been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/eVvT3KUT8D
— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) March 12, 2020
The annual award show follows in the footsteps of the NBA and some post-secondary institutions, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday a $1 billion response fund to all provinces and territories to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.
With coronavirus on the rise, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.