The organizers of the Notting Hill Carnival have decided to take the event off the streets for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They said they would put “safety first” and referred to the risk of cancellation and the short time that the carnival performers would have to prepare for the three-day spectacle, Europe’s largest street festival.

The Notting Hill Carnival, which was forced online last year due to the pandemic, is normally attended by around two million people In a statement, Notting Hill Carnival Ltd’s board of directors said it had decided that this year’s event in London “will not take place on the streets due to the ongoing uncertainty and risk of Covid-19”.