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Bikers arrive in Daytona Beach for annual four-day Biketoberfest that attracts crowds of up...


Bikers from all over the country have flocked to Daytona Beach in Florida as the city's annual Biketoberfest got underway on Thursday.

The event typically sees more than 100,000 bikers descend on the self-proclaimed 'World's Most Famous Beach' to partake in the four day event, which ends Sunday.

The festivities have already begun with dozens of motorcycle riders seeing revving their way down Main Street as early as last night.

But the annual rally, which usually brings $16 million to the local economy, is slated to look a little different than it has in years gone by due to measures put in place to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

Last month, the city of Daytona Beach voted to not allow any event permits for Biketoberfest amid fears it could become a COVID-19 superspreader event. 

The decision means there will not be the usual procession of tents, outdoor bars, street vendors and live music stages as was once previously commonplace.

But bikers can still come and businesses can still fill to full capacity because of the Sunshine State's recent relaxation on any coronavirus restrictions that were previously in place on bars and restaurants.

Volusia County, meanwhile, voted to allow permits for areas not governed by another local city within the county. Ormond Beach also approved permits, so long the businesses submitted a safety plan regarding COVID-19.