COVID-19 could not prevent one of the greatest american traditions of July 4th to produce … because the contest of eating hot dogs Nathan’s not going to happen this year … but with a few major changes. TMZ Sports has learned … the event should take place in a private place without fans in 2020 … and will feature a 1/3 of the competitors to ensure social distancing. The contest of eating hot dogs typically attracts thousands of fans at Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island each year … but given the global pandemic, everything will happen behind closed doors. We are told that all members of the staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and all eaters will be tested for COVID-19 before the showdown … and the location will be sanitized to the maximum. As we have reported previously, 12 times champion Joey Chestnut said in April he was preparing for the event as if it was happening … then it will be ready to try to beat his record of 74 francs in 10 minutes.
To make things even sweeter, the Major League Eating – the organization behind the event – and the eaters make donations to local food banks and pay tribute to essential workers of New York for their service. Someone else has to hunger for steaks tube all of a sudden?