Bristol City Council has cancelled all public events in the city until the end of July at the earliest, due to the continuing spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Events including the Bristol Harbour Festival are among those to be affected by the cancellations, with the decision being taken in the light of the government’s clear advice surrounding social distancing, mass gatherings and non-essential social contact.
It also means that events scheduled after July will be placed under review and could be subject to change, postponement or cancellation because of the ongoing uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic. The council will also not be accepting any new event applications until further notice as part of the measures.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “The festivals and events that take place here in the city each year positively enrich our culture, provide jobs and attract investment and Bristol has a long history as a successful host.
“We recognise that these events being cancelled will be a huge disappointment to the hundreds of volunteers and organisations who put in a huge amount of time and effort into their planning and delivery. We sympathise hugely with them and many people hoping to attend these events over the next few months.
“However, our top priority must be to make sure we can protect the vulnerable during this time of a national health crisis, and the government’s clear advice makes it necessary to take this decision. I hope people will understand these reasons and I’m confident that the vibrant, diverse and unique events that bring Bristol to life can return stronger in the future.’’
John Hirst, from Destination Bristol, said: “Tens of thousands of people attend the wide range of different events and festivals in the city each year, placing Bristol firmly on the map as a place to celebrate a diverse range of cultural interests.
“We know this news will be a huge blow to organisers, volunteers and the general public, but it is a necessary decision given the current circumstances and we are very hopeful that Bristol’s much-cherished programme of events will bounce back even stronger in 2021.’’
People who may have bought tickets for certain scheduled events in the city are advised to liaise with the event organisers and further updates on future events in the city can be found at https://visitbristol.co.uk/.