In a statement shared with news outlets on Thursday, organizers cited "current government mandates and the evolving situation in NYC" as what inspired the decision.
"The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, partners, and the surrounding NYC community is always our #1 priority," the Governors Ball team said. "Over the past few weeks, we have gone to great lengths to find a postponement date that works for all parties involved. Due to a myriad of planning and logistical issues, we have come to the conclusion that there are no sufficient options available to us. We are pushing ahead, and are already jumping into plans for 2021."
New Yorkers, the team added, "are no strangers to challenges" and will be resilient through the challenges ahead.
"As a city and a community, we will all get through this," the team said. "New York always does. Now is the time to be smart, look out for one another, and do our part to help the city and the world. We encourage everyone to listen to health officials, be safe, and be excited for the future when we are all on the other side of this. We send all of you our love and support, and we will see you in June 2021."
Originally scheduled performers for the 2020 festival included Tame Impala, Solange, Missy Elliott, Nasty Cherry, Danny Brown, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, Summer Walker, and more.