"Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23," a statement on the official Cannes Twitter read.
The Cannes Film Festival website offered more details. A press release made it clear Cannes would be postponed in light of COVID-19, but said it hasn't been cancelled outright. The organizers are hoping it will be rescheduled to a later date, possibly in the summer.
"At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease," the release continued.
"Several options are considered in order to preserve [Cannes'] running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020."
Further updates and insight will be shared based on the development of the coronavirus pandemic in liaison with the French government and other involved parties.
"As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the Festival's Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event," the release continued.
The statement also encouraged people to respect social distancing, self-isolation and the general coronavirus lockdown taking place in some parts, including France.
"In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world," it elaborated.
"See you very soon, The Festival de Cannes Team."
Cannes is the latest big event to get postponed or cancelled outright. March 19 saw several changes in schedules. It was revealed that the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, more commonly known as the CFDA Awards, have also been postponed. They were originally set for June 8.
"The decision [to cancel this year's games] was also taken in recognition of the anticipated strain on medical staff and the infrastructure required in dealing with the pandemic," the briefing on the Invictus Games Foundation website read. "We did not wish to add to the complexity of the response, or increase the risk to those involved, by bringing together an international and potentially vulnerable audience."
As of this writing, the World Health Organization reports there have been more than 207,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in 166 countries. The illness has caused more than 8,600 deaths.