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X Games Minneapolis 2020 is canceled due to coronavirus

It's the latest event scheduled for the summer to be shelved.

The X Games in Minneapolis has become the latest summer event to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The extreme sports event has attracted big crowds to U.S. Bank Stadium in recent years, and was slated to go ahead this year from July 17-19.

But with social distancing guidelines expected to still be in place at least in terms of events with large crowds, the event has been canceled.

"The safety of the athletes, staff and spectators is our top priority, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation for all X Games events," organizers said.

COVID-19-related cancelation of summer events are now stretching into July, with Stillwater this week announcing its Lumberjack Days and Fourth of the July celebrations will be canceled.

In Hibbing, in Minnesota's Iron Range, the Mines & Pines Revisited Festival, which was scheduled for July 17-18 at Bennett Park, has also been canceled.

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Major Twin Cities events already canceled or postponed this spring and summer include Grand Old Days, Twin Cities Pride, Rock the Garden and the MSP International Film Festival.

No decision has yet been taken on the Minnesota State Fair, with organizers saying on Thursday that it will make a decision in due course, but did say it would either go ahead as usual or not at all, noting that it's not considering restricting numbers or moving to alternative dates.

Gov. Tim Walz however said during a Thursday press conference that he couldn't see how the fair could go ahead.

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