Printworks London has shut its doors, Glastonbury has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival.
The festival season of 2020 has been thrown into doubt, with many events facing cancellation or postponement.
With public health the priority right now, people up and down the country are constantly looking for updates. In a government statement earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We need people to start working from home where they possibly can. And you should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.”
The government is urging people to socially isolate themselves as much as they possibly can to help prevent further spread, which has naturally raised questions about our social lives and events.
In a statement on its website, Printworks said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff and artists are of paramount importance to us at Printworks London. Until now, we have been following the UK Government’s advice in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak. However, although the latest advice (as of Monday, 16 March) only ‘advises’ against mass gatherings, it is with much regret that we have decided to postpone the remaining music shows.
“We’re in the process of rescheduling the postponed shows to later in the year, and ask that you please bear with us – we are hoping to announce the new dates within the next seven days. Current tickets will be valid for all rescheduled dates, but we would also please ask that if you would like to request a refund, that you wait until we provide you with full information of the revised show date, before making that decision.
“While refunds will be available, we’d appreciate it if those who can afford to do so would hold on to their tickets and join us for the new dates. Our industry is in jeopardy and the support of our guests is important for the future of all, including venues, artists, promoters, label’s, suppliers and freelancers’ whose livelihoods rely on the support of our sector, many of which are going to be deeply affected.”