No one really can predict what events will look like in a post COVID-19 world. With government guidelines changing all the time and the looming risk of a second wave, it really is difficult to see how things will actually pan out over the coming year. Even when events resume, the reality is likely to be that for a significant amount of time, attendees will be split between those willing and able to attend physically and those who will not. Here, we take a closer look into the changes in dates and various protocols that will be implemented at events to allow you to form your own opinions.
With the exception of large sporting events, current government guidelines allow for outdoor events that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations, and public bodies to take place provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission, taking into account that risk assessment, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
Outdoor open spaces live events were permitted to take place from the 24th of August.
The First Minister for Wales announced on the 21st of August that the Welsh Government will not be lifting their COVID-19 lockdown measures for at least the next three weeks in respect of outdoor events.
Olympia Horse Show 2020 is still on track to place from 16th-21st December. They are currently consulting government and event industry guidelines and working with the venue and FEI to ensure all visitors are safe. In a move to consolidate the show, organisers have taken the option to hold the 12 performances over 6 days rather than 7 with none of the performances or competition being lost and all the excitement to remain.
British Showjumping announced on the 2nd of June that Training Shows were able to take place again.
British Eventing have guidelines in place for next year for their volunteers. These include online briefing, encouraging own equipment to be used and to bring their own food and drink to minimise contact.
Badminton Horse Trials to take place in May 2021.
Federation Eqestre Internationale (FEI) International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee have agreed on new dates for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021.
As the world begins to open up and we see normal life starting to resume, we understand it can seem a little scary but rest assured the correct guidelines and procedures are being taken very seriously and adhered to. Together we can keep the events going and the happiness that comes with them. In the mean time, remember to do your bit to stay safe and we cannot wait to see you all again soon!
We would love to hear your opinions regarding open events in the comments below.