We considered many factors using the government’s COVID guidance and associated risk templates. For us the key ones included:
- Being an un-ticketed event with multiple entry points means we can’t control visitor numbers
- Being a free event limits our ability to raise funds to provide the additional COVID precautions
- Being free means a last minute cancellation incurs all the costs with no on-the-day income eg car parks, which would hit us hard financially
- Although we have reserves these were reduced when we cancelled the 2020 fair and are further reduced by the cancellation of the 2021 fair (we have annual fixed costs)
- We feature live entertainment at several venues, where it would be difficult to setup the required 2m bubbles. Under the current COVID guidance most of our entertainers are unable to practice at all.
- Our stall layout is constrained by the size of the greens which would increase crowding.
- The fair is held in the middle of a village and having 20k visitors would significantly increase the risk of bringing COVID to a low incidence area.
- The fair is early in 2021 which means there is little the time, following the winter, for the pandemic to reduce.