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The ASAO continues to monitor the pandemic and will post updates for Show & Event Organisers here along with announcements from the industry affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Government Guidance on Events: DOCUMENT
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16:18 | 01/06/2020
Latest document from the World Health Organisation on mass gatherings: WHO 2020 Mass Gatherings
10:12 | 23/05/2020
Statement from Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails:Cancellation of the 2020 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
11:14 | 10/05/2020
The Executive Committee of The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association Limited held a virtual meeting regarding the 2020 Aylsham Show.
David Hitcham, Show Administrator, says that the 2020 Aylsham Show has been cancelled to protect the safety of all those involved with the Show. Financial implications in many ways could also not be ignored, with the likelihood too that the National Trust would not allow a mass gathering on their land at that time.
We are all very disappointed with this outcome but we all feel it is the right thing to do given the current circumstances.
We will be back in 2021 on 30th August, with a proposed new layout and some different ideas, to ensure that the Aylsham Show is at its very best for the public to enjoy.
We will also want to show our gratitude to the key and brave workers in our County with some concessions for the 2021 Show.
We are planning to still run our Food and Drink Heroes Competition which will be aimed at the many businesses who have been innovative and supportive in these difficult times, with further details to be announced shortly.
12:18 | 06/05/2020
Statement from Devon County Show: Devon County Show Cancellation Press Release
16:48 | 31/04/2020
Statement from Burwarton Show:
BURWARTON SHOW 2020 – CANCELLED
I have been liaising with the Management Committee of Burwarton & District Agricultural Society over the last few weeks and I am very sorry to inform you that under the current serious situation that the country finds itself in with the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel that we have no other option than to cancel the 2020 Burwarton Show due to be held on Thursday 6th August.
It is a decision made after much debate and with deep regret. The health and safety of our members, visitors, exhibitors, stewards and volunteers is paramount to us and we feel that under the present restrictions and Government guidelines it would be unwise and nigh on impossible to attempt to hold a Show.
We know that Burwarton Show is a calendar highlight for many and this will disappoint everyone who loves the Show as much as we do. The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our wonderful organisation and thank in advance our exhibitors and sponsors for their continuing support and understanding at this time, we will be contacting them in the next few days.
We will continue to support our rural communities however we can and we all very much look forward to welcoming you to next year’s Show on Thursday 5th August 2021.
We hope that you, your family and friends stay well during these extremely challenging and unprecedented times.
Burwarton & District Agricultural Society
13:49 | 31/03/2020
Statement from Mags Clark of Border Union: Border Union Agricultural Society 2020
13:47 | 31/03/2020
Press Release from Taunton Flower Show: Taunton Flower Show 2020 Release
17:39 | 24/03/2020
Press Release from Newport Show: Newport Show 2020 press statement
17:35 | 24/03/2020
Statement from the New Forest Show:
It is with a heavy heart that Board members of The New Forest Agricultural Show Society have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 New Forest and Hampshire County Show.
We are all devastated to have to make this announcement especially with it being the Society’s centenary year and promised to be a year full of celebration and memories. However we must do the sensible thing and put everyone’s safety and welfare first and follow Government guidelines. Hopefully by working together, as a community, we can stop this virus and come back bigger and stronger in 2021.
The Society would like to thank everyone involved in our wonderful organisation and all who contribute to making our Show the fantastic event it is – visitors, our army of volunteers, tradestand holders, members, contractors…. Along with our team of staff. We are sure you will all be as disappointed as we are.
We are working hard to contact all stakeholders personally as quickly as we can. A full statement and further information can be found on our website https://www.newforestshow.co.uk/covid-19-update/
Thank you in advance for your support at such a difficult time for us all, we look forward to welcoming you and your friends to next year’s New Forest & Hampshire County Show on the 27th, 28th 29th July 2021.
09:56 | 24/03/2020
Statement from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society: Show Cancellation Message 2020
14:09 | 23/03/2020
Press Release: Penrith Agricultural Society
It is with much regret that the Society Trustees have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Penrith Show which was due to take place on Saturday 18th July.
This decision has not been taken lightly but it was felt that the financial risk in seeking alternative options with so much uncertainty enforced total cancellation.
Whilst we are devastated to be making this announcement, we wholeheartedly support the Government on this matter. We know this event is a calendar highlight for many thousands of people and that our exhibitors and traders spend many months getting ready for the show, but public health and safety has to be our number one priority for the sake of volunteers, stewards, visitors and for our wider community.
We have been communicating with our members, sponsors, traders, advertisers and contractors but we would like to thank all who support our Show & Society and extend our best wishes to everybody at this challenging time. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next show scheduled for Saturday 17th July 2021.
For further information please contact the Secretary, Mandy Hitch on email@example.com or call 01228 593595.
14:03 | 23/03/2020
A message from the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Agricultural Society:
Great Yorkshire Show Cancelled.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the sad but sensible decision to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show this year.
As this national crisis escalates day by day, we feel we cannot safely run the Show in 2020. We are extremely sorry to have to announce this news and appreciate that this will disappoint everyone who loves the Show as much as we do.
We will continue to passionately support our farmers in whatever way we can, as they work hard producing our food.
We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Great Yorkshire Show and our goal is to return bigger and better next year.
We hope you and your families stay safe and well through these difficult times.
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
16:36 | 21/03/2020
Press Release: Badminton Horse Trails
Following the Government’s COVID-19 public health restrictions and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce it is no longer possible to stage Badminton Horse Trials between the 6th and 10th May in any capacity. This cancellation also includes the Science Supplements Cup.
This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health and safety of all those that attend and are involved with Badminton remains our number one priority. Please be assured that Badminton Horse Trials operates a refund policy and we will be in contact shortly with more information on how these will be processed accordingly.
We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to our insurance brokers and underwriters for their support and co-operation at this busy time. Badminton Horse Trials would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish all of the athletes (human and equine), sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and volunteers well through this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the 2021 event.
20:55 | 19/03/2020
Press Release: The Royal Norfolk Show
In the light of the unprecedented public health emergency the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) has today announced that it will not go ahead with this year’s Royal Norfolk Show (1 & 2 July 2020).
“I am extremely sorry to have to announce this news and know that many people will share our disappointment” said Greg Smith, Chief Executive of the RNAA. “The Royal Norfolk Show is the county’s biggest event of the year attracting over 85,000 visitors. This is only the second time it’s been cancelled during peace-time – the first being in response to the foot and mouth crisis in 2001.”
“During this unique situation and to support Government advice, like many other major events, we have concluded that it is now impossible for us to plan safely for the show this year,” “The welfare of our visitors, exhibitors, competitors, volunteers and staff, as well as the wider community, is our first priority so the trustees have had no option but to make this decision.”
“We would like to thank all those who support the RNAA and our Show and extend our very best wishes to everybody as we go through these most challenging times. We will continue to support agriculture in whatever way we can and now focus our efforts on creating a brighter and happier future.”
The RNAA will be in touch with ticket holders, trade stands, exhibitors and suppliers as soon as possible. In the meantime, please consult the RNAA website www.rnaa.org.uk for regular updates.
20:49 | 19/03/2020
Press Release: Herfordshire County Show
It is with much regret that we can confirm the cancellation of the Hertfordshire County Show on 23rd & 24th May this year. This decision has not been taken lightly; It was felt that the financial risk in seeking alternative options with so much uncertainty around, enforced total cancellation.
Whilst we’re devastated to be making this announcement, we wholeheartedly support the Government on this matter. We know this event is a calendar highlight for many thousands of people and that our exhibitors and traders spend many months getting ready for the show, but public health and safety has to be our number one priority, for the sake of our staff, volunteer stewards, visitors and for our wider community.
We will be communicating with our exhibitors, sponsors, competitors, contractors, volunteers and visitors as soon as possible to discuss the consequences of this decision
We would like to thank all who support our Show & Society and extend our best wishes to everybody at this challenging time. Please bear with us whilst we work on arrangements going forwards.
Will Dickinson – HAS Chair
Jo Smith – HAS Show Committee Chair
Sarah Moreland – HAS Executive Director.
20:20 | 18/03/2020
The Association continues to liaise with other organisations that are allied to us working in our industry.
Due to the changing advice, it is difficult to give cast iron advice about how members should deal with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) but the following may be helpful to your members.
Current Government Advice
The Government is also operating a business helpline which is available to individual businesses on 0300 456 3565.
The EIF website has a range of guidances covering employment from HR specialists Ellis Whittam which you might find helpful. These cover advice on redundancies to home working and include a sample risk assessment template. You will find these at https://www.eventsindustryforum.co.uk/index.php/the-events-industry-forum/10-coronavirus-advice
There are also a number of useful points for guidance available from Government and other bodies, including:
In addition, the Small Business Minister and Small Business Commissioner has called on the UK’s big businesses to speed up payments to their small business suppliers wherever they can to ease cash flow issues. You can find more information here.
20:16 | 18/03/2020
Please see below a link below to the government guidance that was updated yesterday:
Included are some detail on the current support package being offered – as detailed at the top of the page. Business support loans are mentioned briefly a little further down and it states that further details will be announced week commencing 23 March.
The link above should take you to the most recent guidance as the Gov.UK website is updated, so this may be a useful link to share with your members also.
20:14 | 18/03/2020
Press Release by Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Society:
‘The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Society Council is sad to announce that the 2020 Heathfield Show has been cancelled.
The Show Council has taken into consideration all the Government instructions relating to the virus and has come to the conclusion that there is no option other than to cancel.
The Show Secretary, Nicola Magill commented, “Everybody realises what a big decision this is, and it hasn’t been taken lightly.
“All the Government guidelines have been examined and the Show Council are in agreement that the responsibility for the health of all our visitors, exhibitors, guests, trade stand holders, volunteers, stewards and committee members has to be the main priority. Combining this with the financial health of the Society is also important. Unrecoverable expenses have already been incurred but the closer to Show day the more this figure will escalate.”
“Taking both these factors into consideration, with the necessity of preserving the Society assets for future Shows, it seems sensible to decide to cancel sooner, rather than later.”
We rely on a considerable number of local volunteer organisations to help us run the Show on show day and in return we make donations to their organisations. The cancellation of the Show will hit them hard as it means there will be no donations this year – today is a very sad day.
The date for the next Show will be 29th May 2021.’
18:54 | 18/03/2020
Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) announce the following:
It is with deep regret that I as the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) announce that this year’s Commonwealth Agriculture Conference, hosted by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) scheduled in Norfolk, United Kingdom, will not go ahead. The uncertainty linked to the Coronavirus outbreak means that the safety of people must be our priority.
Despite this disappointing news, I must recognise the tireless work that the host organisation the RNAA and the RASC have put into this conference, which has been exemplary. However, the work never stops, and work is already underway for the 30th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference, which will be hosted by The Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society in South Africa.
During this difficult time, I hope everyone stays safe and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
14:36 | 18/03/2020
Statement from the Suffolk Agricultural Association:
09:43 | 18/03/2020
Three Counties releases the following statement:
Shows cancellation due to COVID-19
Following the recent change in Government advice, it is with much regret that we can confirm the cancellation of the following events that were due to take place at Three Counties Showground this year.
CountryTastic – 9 April
RHS Malvern Spring Festival – 7-10 May
Three Counties Championship Dog Show – 4-7 June
Royal Three Counties Show – 12-14 June
Whilst we’re devastated to be making this announcement, we wholeheartedly support the Government on this matter. We know these events are a calendar highlight for many thousands of people and that our exhibitors, designers and traders spend many months getting ready for the show, but public health and safety has to be our number one priority, for the sake of our staff, visitors and for our wider community.
The cancellation of our shows will have a big impact on our staff and wider community in many ways. With this in mind, and with the uncertainty facing us in the months ahead, it’s more important than ever that we pull together to support the most vulnerable amongst us. We’re currently looking at ways that we as an organisation can get involved in wider community efforts.
Currently, the cancellation advice only affects CountryTastic, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Championship Dog Show and Royal Three Counties Show. We’re hoping to hold Malvern Autumn Show at the showground as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates should the Government advice change.
We will be in contact with everyone who has purchased tickets to the four cancelled events, along with all our stakeholders within the next 21 days.
We would like to thank our visitors, exhibitors, sponsors and all who support our shows, and extend our best wishes to everybody at this challenging time.
22:39 | 17/03/2020
Fife Show Cancellation Press Release:
The Committee of Fife Agricultural Association has made the decision to cancel this year’s Fife Show, due to take place at Kinloss, Cupar on Saturday 23rd May, in light of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. This decision was taken after careful consideration of the Scottish Government’s advice and recommendation that all events, at which there are likely to be more than 500 people present, should be cancelled.
2021 will see the 200th Anniversary of the Fife Show so the Committee will now put all their efforts into making next year a very special event. The Show will take place on Saturday 22nd May 2021.
22:36 | 17/03/2020
Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday re advice to ‘limit social gatherings’ and ‘pull back on support of major gatherings’
We are asking members to support questioning to government around the following areas and we would appreciate your help:
If you can, please take the time to click on the link below and submit any / all of the questions above that you think most relevant to your business and the wider events community
The above areas will also be raised directly with government through one of the National Bodies we are in regular contact with the Business Visits & Events Partnership and the Events Industry Forum Board.
The Council are addressing this constantly evolving issue and advise members on action that could support the events industry. Please keep sending us your thoughts / concerns so these can be taken into consideration as part of an industry wide response.
19:25 | 17/03/2020
Statement from ASAO Chair to Members:
We are currently in very uncertain times, and despite no concrete instructions from the PM, we are all effectively being told to postpone or cancel our shows that are due to happen in the next twelve weeks. I know that many shows are getting together with their trustees and committees and are having to make some very difficult decisions.
I have spoken to a number of shows who have decided that they cannot afford to take the risk, financially, of preparing for their show and have decided that they want to hold their reserves to use for future more certain years, and at this time the costs that they have incurred are minimal. But likewise there are others, July onwards, deciding to continue with the show even if they get reduced numbers.
Today a number of Shows have made the decision to postpone, and this has not been a decision that they have taken lightly. I know that they have tried their best to consider all options before committing to their new dates. This includes looking at all other shows already planned for around that time so that they are being fair to everyone.
There have been a number of requests for the ASAO to help with the movement of shows however we cannot be the mediators with regards to show movements but we will provide the most up to date and accurate information of the new show timetable as it evolves. In order for us to do this, please let the ASAO have your new dates to ensure there is no double booking! We don’t want to have a situation where two shows end up jumping to the same date.
Please feel free to contact any of the ASAO board members, as some of us went through Foot and Mouth and most are going through exactly the same as you are, and a problem shared is often a problem halved, even if you just using us as a sounding board.
We will send updates out as regularly as we receive them, but only from verified sources may I suggest that you register for the firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow Afternoon the Board are holding a conference call, so if any members think that we should or could be doing something different, then please let us know so we can discuss it.
Mark Stoddart, ASAO Chair
18:47 | 17/03/2020
After careful consideration the Rutland County Show has decided to cancel their 2020 Show which was due to take place on 31st May 2020.
17:11 | 17/03/2020
The Royal Highland Show have with deep regret announced the cancellation of the 2020 Show.
The decision was taken today following a virtual meeting of the RHASS directors and is line with Government guidance surrounding the recent outbreak of Coronavirus. Please visit Royal Highland Show on Facebook for a message from RHASS Chairman Bill Gray.
17:00 | 17/03/2020
The Devon County Show, the Royal Bath & West Show & Royal Cornwall Show have released Media Statements regarding the postponing of their Shows.
The three Shows all of which were scheduled to take place in spring, will be postponed until:
The Royal Bath & West Show – 31st July, 1st & 2nd August
Devon County Show – 28th, 29th & 30th August
The Royal Cornwall Show – 10th, 11th, & 12th September
09:00 | 17/03/2020
The 2020 Berkeley Show scheduled for 28th June has been cancelled, full statement here: https://berkeleyshow.co.uk/2020-berkeley-show-canceled/