The 2020 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival has been cancelled. Show organisers Reed Exposition took the decision after the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and enforced rules on large events. Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThis week, the French government extended its ban on mass gatherings of over 5,000 people. This move heavily impacted the possibility of the show going ahead, particularly as Cannes Yachting Festival typically attracts around 50,000 visitors per year. Despite having had their plans deemed "satisfactory" by the relevant authorities, show organisers had their exemption from current covid-19-related restrictions unexpectedly overturned last week.Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesSylvie Ernoult, show manager, explains: “This decision is a huge disappointment for the entire nautical industry, with exhibitors in the lead, the City of Cannes and its professionals, the show’s service providers and the Reed team, who have worked together relentlessly for months to prepare the 2020 edition in the best possible conditions taking into account the context. I would also like to thank the City of Cannes, which has been very active alongside us in this final stretch."
"The implementation of the health protocol that we drew up, certified by APAVE and recognised as completely satisfactory by the prefecture’s services and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), would have made the 2020 Yachting Festival one of the safest events in terms of health in France. Also, it is with great surprise and incomprehension that we take note of the prefect’s decision."Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThe show was scheduled to take place from September 8 - 13 and welcome 420 vessels, berthed in both the Old Port and Port Canto.