It is usually held in April, but had been delayed until August after the pandemic broke out.
It was to have featured street carnivals, ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional dress) shows, a cuisine festival, and a number of art performances.
Vietnam has been hit with a new wave of infections, whose source authorities have yet to identify.
After the first case was diagnosed in Da Nang on Saturday last week, the country of 96 million has reported 144 more domestic infections and three deaths due to Covid-19. Da Nang has now become the country’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot with 104 infections.
Neighboring Thua Thien-Hue Province, whose capital is Hue, has shut down all non-essential services like karaoke parlors and bars and banned festivals and religious gatherings though it has recorded no infections so far.
Provincial authorities also ordered all returnees from Da Nang to be quarantined for 14 days and tested for Covid-19.
Hue, with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs, received over 4.8 million visitors last year, 2.1 million of them foreigners.
The 2018 Festival Hue featured nearly 1,400 artists and professional performers, including 388 from 24 international art troupes.
As of Sunday morning Vietnam has had 590 Covid-19 cases, 214 of them active. Three people have died.
- Hanoi shuts bars, prohibits crowds after two diagnosed with Covid-19
- Hue Festival 2020 pushed back to next year amid COVID-19 fears
- Quang Nam suspends entertainment activities over Covid-19 threat
- Quang Nam closes entertainment outlets to curb Covid-19 threat
- Saigon closes bars, dance clubs again as Covid-19 infections rise
- Public transport to Da Nang halted to contain fresh Covid-19 outbreak
- Government imposes social distancing in Da Nang as Covid-19 resurfaces
- Additional 12 fresh cases of local transmission confirmed in hotspot Da Nang
- Hanoi shuts bars, karaoke parlors again from August 1
- Da Nang stops tourists, bans gatherings of over 30 people