Santa Teresa, a Montreal-area music festival, announced Thursday that it is cancelling its 2020 edition.\nIt's the first major music festival in the metropolitan area to do so.\nCurrent travel and gathering restrictions would have made the festival impossible, organizers say.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nQuebec event organizers are holding their breath in the face of the crisis. Public gatherings are currently banned to counter the spread of the coronavirus, forcing many events to suspend planning and casting doubt on the sustainability of the festival season. As a result, a major Montreal-area music festival has just announced the cancellation of its spring festivities. It's apparently the first to do so.\nThe Santa Teresa Festival that was scheduled to take place from May 15 to 17 in Sainte-Thérèse on the North Shore.\nThe announcement of its cancellation was made via social networks on the evening of Thursday, March 26.\nThough the provincial ban on gatherings weighed heavily in the decision, organizers made clear that other restrictions would have made the event impossible.\n"The measures related to the containment and bans on gatherings, as well as the announced bans on non-residents and international travellers, prevent us from holding the event as planned," said Santa Teresa.\nThe festival was to bring together several international artists, including Romeo Elvis, Pussy Riot, Lil Tracy, and L'Or du Commun.\nThe latter would simply not be able to enter the country if the travel ban persisted.\nView this post on Instagram Ce n’est que partie remise 😉 🎫 P.S. Pas de panique, tout le monde sera remboursé. Prenez le temps de lire le tout! 👆 A post shared by Festival Santa Teresa (@santateresafest) on Mar 26, 2020 at 4:33pm PDT\nThe organizers also indicate that all those holding tickets will be refunded.\nThey ask not to be contacted at this time and that the return would be automatic, while "the ticketing team is putting a strategy in place to ensure that ticket holders are reimbursed in the coming weeks."\nSeveral Quebec artists were also scheduled to tread the boards of the various stages in Sainte-Thérèse.\nView this post on Instagram ⚡️ C’est ce qu’on appelle un Electric Feel! Les seuls et uniques @whoismgmt. A post shared by Festival Santa Teresa (@santateresafest) on May 18, 2019 at 9:01pm PDT\nClaudia Bouvette, Les Louanges, Alexandra Streliski, Clay & Friends, The Franklin Electric and Bleu Jeans Bleu, to name but a few, had all been programmed for this fourth edition of the young festival.\nView this post on Instagram 😱 Le moment est ENFIN venu de vous dévoiler la programmation de cette 4e edition du festival Santa Teresa présenté par @telusfr ! 🏡 En banlieue cet été : @elvis.romeo , @danielcaesar, @wearepussyriot, @allanrayman , @caballerobxl & @jeanjass , @liltracybaby, @bbnomula , @lil_louanges et plusieurs autres! 🎫 Billets journaliers en vente DÈS MAINTENANT (Lien dans la bio) A post shared by Festival Santa Teresa (@santateresafest) on Feb 20, 2020 at 7:03am PST\nIt's unclear what impact the crisis will have on major summer festivals like Osheaga and the Festival Jazz.\nSeveral international festivals and events, like Coachella and the Tokyo Olympics, have been postponed.\nStay tuned for more news.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.