A popular summer festival has been postponed to next year in light of a spike of COVID-19 cases in Malta.
The organisers of Summer Daze took to Facebook to announce the postponement of the festival.
“In light of the current situation, we have decided to postpone Summer Daze to 2021. Until then we would like to thank you all for the feedback we have been receiving. We will keep you all updated, in the meantime. Keep safe!” they said.
The highly-popular festival was set to take place this August in Ta’ Qali and has drawn the likes of Tyga, James Arthur and David Guetta in the past.
However, the recent spike in COVID-19 cases has cast doubt on whether mass events should take place this summer, with Summer Daze leaning on the side of caution and deciding to cancel this year’s event.
Malta confirmed 14 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, more than doubling the number of active cases to 26.
Nine of the 14 new cases were linked to the recent Hotel Takeover Summer 2020 party at the Radisson Blu Resort in St. Julian’s bringing the total number of cases from said party to 15.
Another popular party takeover at the same hotel, Offline, was cancelled at the last minute following the spike in cases.
As a result, many event organisers have felt public pressure to cancel their events with several being cancelled already.
Malta’s Medical Authority warned that Malta is “playing with fire” by allowing mass events to happen in combination with flights from high-risk countries.
And the Malta College of Pathologists has said that mass gatherings and festa marches should not be allowed to take place so as to contain the spread of COVID-19.