Few days back, it was being reported that the Cannes Film Festival could be postponed due to the increasing threat of coronavirus globally. It seems that the news has become true now as the French authorities have issued directives to cancel all kind of public gatherings, events and activities in the country.
The epidemic has forced almost all the world countries to take all the possible measures in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Many ongoing and upcoming events, film shoots, and other activities have been cancelled postponed and people have been asked to stay at homes. Cannes has also been postponed till unknown period due to the delicate situation in France.
The festival was supposed to be held from May 12 to May 23, 2020.
However, media reports are suggesting that the organisers are looking for a date close to the end of June or beginning of July.
Earlier, the festival president Pierre Lescure expressed his concerns over the opening of the event owing to the virus epidemic saying that the organisers could ‘skip’ this year’s edition.
“We remain reasonably optimistic in the hope that the peak of the epidemic will be reached at the end of March and that we will breathe a little better in April. But we are not oblivious. If [the situation does not improve], we’ll cancel,” Lescure was quoted as saying by a French newspaper.
Preparations for the festival were already in the middle with the lineup being announced on April 16. However, chances of the event being held on the said date are getting dim. Lescure, in an interview, also revealed that ‘Cannes festival was not insured against the loss of revenue that would result from the cancellation as the mega film event is not covered by Cannes’ insurance policy.’
Not only that, but the famous Louvre museum of Paris also announced that it was restricting entry to the world’s most visited museum following the non-improving situation of the epidemic in the country and in the rest of the world.