Published Tuesday, 03 November 2020
In light of the Government’s latest public announcement, Coventry City Council has taken the decision to unfortunately cancel this planned event.
The event, which was scheduled to take place on the 13 and 14 November and marked the 80th anniversary of the Blitz, has been cancelled following the Government’s announcement on Saturday that they would be implementing a month-long national lockdown.
The decision to cancel this event was taken by the Council in consultation with the various partners involved in the project and echoes the key message of encouraging people to stay at home wherever possible.
Whilst event organisers appreciate many people will obviously be disappointed with the news, its important to stress the decision was taken in line with the latest advice and with the health and wellbeing of both the public and event staff in mind.
The Gaia exhibition was set to be a free ticketed event that was part of the city’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Blitz. Discussions are currently ongoing about how the city can mark this landmark anniversary in a safe and appropriate way that complies with the lockdown.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Cabinet Member for Events, said: ““We are very sad that we have had to cancel Gaia but in light of the weekend’s announcement, we know that this is the right decision.
“With all public events, the health and safety of attendees and staff is vital and we believe that postponing the event is the only option.
“We appreciate that many people have been looking forward to Gaia and marking the 80th anniversary of the Blitz in person, however, I hope you all understand why we’ve had to make the decision. Rest assured, the Council is hard at work identifying an alternative way we can mark this important anniversary in a safe and fitting manner.”
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