Summer will be a little less colourful this year. La Ronde has announced the cancellation of this year's summer fireworks festival in Montreal. Initially scheduled for June 20 to July 29, the 36th edition of the International des Feux Loto-Québec (IFLQ) has been rescheduled for the summer of 2021 "due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the new measures and restrictions announced by our provincial government and Ville de Montréal," La Ronde wrote in a statement.

On April 7, the municipal government cancelled all major cultural and sporting events until July 2.

On April 8, both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier François Legault said social distancing measures could persist for months.

"It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to cancel this edition of our beloved festival," said Janine Durette, La Ronde Park President.

"We wanted to continue this long-standing tradition of lighting up the skies over Montreal with dazzling fireworks, but these unprecedented circumstances have left us with no alternative options."

The IFLQ joins several other Montreal-area festivals that have either postponed or cancelled their 2020 events.

Metro Metro, Santa Teresa, the Jazz Festival, and the Francos will all be without a 2020 edition.

Just for Laughs organizers have postponed the festival to the fall.

Osheaga has yet to release an announcement about its August festivities.

Organizers' last update, on March 20, explained that it was "too soon to tell if any changes will have to be made to the event."

Though Quebec is currently projected to pass its outbreak peak on April 18, and Montreal even sooner, Legault suggested Wednesday that the requirement for individuals to maintain a two-metre distance from each other will last beyond the May 4 reopening of non-essential businesses.

"When we reopen businesses, it will be very important to focus first on businesses where we are really able" to maintain a two-meter distance between individuals, he said.

The International des Feux Loto-Québec annually draws large crowds to the shores of the Saint Lawrence to watch as pyrotechnic specialists put on dazzling displays of light and colour.

Montrealers will have to wait another year to create those summer memories.

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