Bacardi announce that in order to comply with COVID-19 distancing guidelines, its Legacy Cocktail Competition global final will be postponed.
The full statement from Bacardi reads:
“As a precaution due to COVID-19, BACARDÍ will postpone the 12th annual BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions, until further notice. The competition was scheduled to take place May 1st -7th in Miami, FL.
Taking into consideration The World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a global pandemic, BACARDÍ made the difficult but necessary decision to halt any further plans for the competition in line with the density reduction and social distancing guidelines being set forth by public health organizations.
“In coordination with our local authorities and public health officials BACARDÍ has made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone involved in the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition – from our finalists to our hotel and bar partners,” said Ned Duggan, Global SVP, BACARDÍ Rum. “This remains an ever-evolving and challenging situation, but we should all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
“It’s a sad day at BACARDÍ as we won’t be able to celebrate the amazing work of our 41 Legacy finalists in May as planned, but our main priority is to ensure the safety of our vibrant community,” said Jacob Briars, Global Advocacy Director for Bacardi. “Our finalists have been working incredibly hard for the last year to prepare for the finals in Miami. We are working on plans to continue to shine a spotlight on the 2020 Legacy finalists, their Legacy cocktails and their bars around the world and will update with more details soon.””