Despite pandemic, Biketoberfest cranks up in Daytona Beach

Biketoberfest officially got underway Thursday in Daytona Beach.

Like everything else in 2020, the annual festival will look a bit different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is still happening unlike many other festivals and events.

Although thousands of people are expected to attend, the numbers are expected to be lower than in previous years and that’s not good news for local business owners. “This is the event we need to keep us going for the fall,” said Bob Davis, with Lodging and Hospitality Association.

Daytona Beach city leaders did not approve any permits for Biketoberfest, agreeing it was just too much of a risk. However, nearby Ormond Beach officials did approve permits.

New Smyrna Beach also decided against outside vendors, but bars and restaurants will still be open.

The event usually brings about $16 million to the local economy. Most local business owners say, even if less people attend, it will still bring a much needed boost in business.

Biketoberfest runs from Thursday through Saturday.

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