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Country Music Association cancels 2020 CMA Fest due to COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 21:40:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Country Music Association has made the decision to cancel this year's CMA Fest in Nashville due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival was scheduled for June 4 through 7.

"As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community," CMA said.

Those who bought four-day passes for the 2020 festival will have their tickets honored at the 2021 CMA Fest. CMA said if you already purchased tickets, but prefer a full refund, that will be provided upon request if you bought through Ticketmaster of the CMA Fest Box Office.

If you purchased your ticket through other sellers, you're asked to contact the seller directly.

In 2018, the festival brought in $65 million in direct visitor spending, according to the city.

Tom Morales, who owns several downtown businesses, including Acme Feed and Seed, said the announcement hurt, but it wasn’t completely unexpected.

"It wasn’t a big surprise. I hate it because it’s a great weekend, it would have been a great weekend to come back,” said Morales.

While Morales is looking forward to his businesses eventually reopening, he also warns that decision can’t happen too soon.

“I’m hoping that people’s confidence can come back for when we do get to the other side. I really don’t think that’s going to happen until we bite the bullet, sit somewhere for three or four weeks, and get to know your family again.”

Next year's CMA Fest is planned for June 10 through 13.