We have heard from many of our members who have made the very difficult decision to cancel their festivals due to concerns about coronavirus. Over the course of March, increasing restrictions on social activities have been introduced which have had a major impact on the festival community. On the 21st March all schools were closed in respond to the virus.
On the 23rd March 2020, the Government ordered a police-enforced lockdown to help to manage the spread of the coronavirus. The Government advised that people should only leave their homes for the following reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
This position will be reviewed again by Government on the 13th April 2020.
In addition to the new guidance regarding the lockdown, the following guidance still applies:
- Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others.
- Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help.
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
- People should work from home where they can.
- People should stop all unnecessary travel.
- Those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks.
The latest Government guidance can be found in full here. It is a constantly evolving situation so it is important that members stay up-to-date on the latest guidance.
We hope that all of our members remain in good health and that any disruption to the festival calendar as a result of the coronavirus is both short-term and minimal.
If your festival is later on in the year, you may be waiting to see what happens in the future before making any final decisions. We would urge members to stay up-to-date with the Government advice as the weeks and months progress. Keep good communication channels open with your schools, teachers, adjudicators/accompanists and festival teams. Consider the cancellation terms for your venue and keep in mind the cancellation terms for Adjudicators and Accompanists outlined within the Recommended Fees document which members can find here.
If you need any additional help or guidance then please contact the team at Festivals House on 01625 428297 or firstname.lastname@example.org