Published on : Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The cherry blossom festivals in Japan have been cancelled due to the deadly new coronavirus outbreak, the latest in a growing list of events quashed as the epidemic spreads globally. This conventional spring celebrations in Tokyo and Osaka, which attract millions of people wanting to seeing the white and pink flowers, will not go ahead as planned in April.
According to the local media,other cherry blossom events excitedly anticipated by locals and tourists — are likely to follow suit. The organizers of Tokyo’s Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival said people could still enjoy the blooming trees that grow along public roads. The trees in Tokyo will soon be in full bloom, with friends, families and colleagues typically flocking to parks for sometimes raucous, alcohol-fueled celebrations.
The cancellations of the Japan’s cherry blossom festival come as authorities step up efforts to tackle the outbreak in Japan, which has reported more than 230 infections and five deaths.
The schools are closed and the government is urging people to work from home or commute during off-peak hours and avoid large gatherings. The operator of Tokyo’s two Disney resorts — Disneyland and Disney Sea — said Friday the parks would be closed for around two weeks due to the virus. The universal Studios Japan in Osaka has also shuttered for a fortnight.