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Events cancelled across Aylesbury because of coronavirus

Community events have been cancelled until August

Published by Beth Pridding at 5:46am 18th March 2020. (Updated at 1:02pm 18th March 2020) 3-minute read.

Events cancelled across Aylesbury because of coronavirus

All community events in Aylesbury organised by the town council have been cancelled until August, due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

As Boris Johnson has urged people to practice 'social distancing', meaning people have been advised to avoid attending large events, causing many to be cancelled. 

In a statement, Aylesbury Town Council said: 

Firstly our thoughts are with all of those directly affected by Covid-19; those with family members who have already died, those caring for someone with Covid-19 and all of the health care professionals who are on the front line saving lives on a daily basis. 

We pride ourselves on providing a wide and diverse range of events and projects here in Aylesbury to build and support our local communities and businesses. These events take months of planning and rely on the services of a great number of people to provide - from suppliers, entertainers, volunteers and council staff - all of whom (just like you) will be susceptible to contracting Covid-19. 

As we are all fully aware, the country is on the bring of what is expected to be a very difficult and challenging time for many people, as we work together to reduce the impact of Covid-19, through a number of initiatives including social distancing and self-isolation. 

The government has said the risk at mass gatherings is relatively low, but councillors say they will do all they can to protect the stability of the NHS. 

They have today announced all of its community events up until August will be cancelled.

All formal town council meetings have also been cancelled, and visitors to the town hall have been asked to limit their trips and only attend by prior appointment. 

The following events will be no longer go ahead: 

  • All Great British Spring Cleans on 21 March
  • The Mayor's charity concern on 25 April 
  • St George's Day celebration and parade on 26 April
  • Laws of Time - (an interactive play) on 2 and 3 May
  • VE75 church service on 10 May 
  • Feel the Force Day on 13 June
  • Soapbox Derby on 21 June
  • Aylesbury on Sea on 5 July

In addition, the planned dementia-friendly Music, Moves and Memories event will no longer be taking place and the Aylesbury in Bloom garden and allotment competitions have been cancelled. 

Councillors say they are still hoping the Parklife Weekend at the end of August, as well as Live in the Park on 29 August and Proms in the Park on 30 August. 

The council's After School Club and holiday childcare services at the Jonathan Page Play Centre to assist parents but this will remain under review. 

The Waterside Theatre has postponed shows for the next 4 weeks currently and advise customers to check their social channels for the latest updates.

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