With the UK in virtual lockdown, day-to-day life for most people is now largely home-based.
In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, the country is avoiding all unnecessary gatherings and any non-essential travel.
But what does that mean for some of the biggest events of the summer?
Here are 12 things we’ll be missing out on this year due to COVID-19.
The Grand National – 4 April
Europe’s biggest horse race The Grand National has been cancelled.
The Jockey Club said it was “no longer appropriate to stage the event”.
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The four-mile steeplechase, which sees 40 horses and jockeys jump 30 fences over two laps, attracts a worldwide audience of about 500 million people.
Aintree Racecourse says tickets will be refunded.
Easter Egg hunts and the Pope’s Easter service – 10-13 April
Easter egg hunts in parks and National Trust venues around the country will no longer take place.
While the Easter bunny may still be delivering eggs to homes around the country, large-scale gatherings for families and children are now firmly off the table.
On a more religious Easter note, the Pope’s Holy Week and Easter services will now be held without the public attending because of the coronavirus outbreak.
In an unprecedented move, the Vatican says Pope Francis‘ blessings will now be live streamed.
Coachella Festival – 10-12 April and 17-19 April
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California has been postponed.
Loved by the rich and famous and held in a polo club in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, it’s largely seen as one of the biggest selfie opportunities of the year.
Usually held across two weekends in April, it has now been pushed back to 9-11 and 16-18 October 2020.
It’s not known whether all the confirmed acts – which include headliners Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean – will still be performing in their rescheduled slots.
Record Store Day – 18 April
The annual event to promote independent music retailers should have taken place on Saturday 18 April but will now be postponed until 20 June.
Marked by a number of exclusive releases by big acts, Record Store Day describes itself as a celebration of “life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store”.
It usually involves thousands of people and small businesses.
Organisers said that after considering various options – none of which were perfect – they decided to delay the event by two months.
The London Marathon – 26 April
The 2020 London Marathon, originally set for 26 April, has been postponed until 4 October.
World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge – who smashed the two-hour barrier and won last year’s race – backed the decision and offered a motivational message to disappointed participants.
The Kenyan athlete wrote on Twitter: “To the thousands of runners who with me have devoted the last months of our lives towards this goal I would like to say: Be proud of the work you have put into this journey, keep smiling and seek your next goal on the horizon to continue running in a smooth and positive way!”
Cannes Film Festival – May 12 to 23
France’s biggest arts event has been postponed.
After exhausting all options to go ahead as planned, the prestigious festival (which in the industry is as big a deal as the Oscars) will now shift from its usual May slot to the end of June.
A virtual marketplace has also been set up for online screenings, allowing those who buy and sell films to do so virtually without a physical gathering.
Jury president Spike Lee welcomed the delay, saying: “The stuff that we love has to take a back seat: movies, TV, sports. So many things have been postponed and I agree with this move.”
Lee, who is 63 and lives with his family in Brooklyn, added: “Everybody has to pray, get on bended knee, pray we get out of this, find a vaccine, get back on our feet – physically, emotionally and financially worldwide. This is no joke. It’s not some movie. People are dying.”
Eurovision Song Contest 2020 – 16 May
One of world’s largest TV events, the Eurovision Song Contest will no longer be taking place.
Organisers said in a statement: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
“Over the past few weeks we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.
“However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned.”
It’s the first time in 64 years that the event will not have taken place.
Glastonbury Music Festival – 24 – 28 June
The largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, Glastonbury will not go ahead this year.
2020 had been set to mark the Somerset event’s 50th anniversary, with headliners including Diana Ross, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney.
Event organisers Michael and Emily Eavis called the cancellation a “terrible blow”, describing it as an “enforced fallow year” due to the “unprecedented uncertainty” caused by COVID-19.
The king of all mass gatherings, the festival normally attracts over 200,000 people – the equivalent of a temporary city popping up at Worthy Farm for five days.
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Ticket holders are able to roll-over entry to next year or apply for a refund.
With Glastonbury passes like gold dust, it’s likely many people will hold on to their place in the hope of a bigger and better party in 2021 once the coronavirus threat has passed.
Wimbledon Championships – 29 June – 12 July
The 2020 Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled due to coronavirus.
The world’s oldest tennis tournament was due to be held for two weeks in June and July.
The All England Club, which runs the tournament, said the decision was made “due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic”.
Founded in 1877, only the two World Wars have previously prevented Wimbledon from being held.
The French Open, which had been due to start on 24 May, has been postponed for four months.
Edinburgh Festivals – the month of August
All five Edinburgh Festivals have been cancelled due to the outbreak.
It is the first time in over 70 years the festivals – made up of the Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – will not take place.
Comprising over 5,000 events each summer, festivals normally attract audiences of 4.4 million and over 25,000 artists from around 70 countries.
Founded after the Second World War, the festivals were a bid to reunite people through art.
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The Edinburgh Festivals are the latest in a long list of cultural events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society director Shona McCarthy called the cancellations “heart breaking” but said that safety always comes first.
Ms McCarthy added: “Since their inception in 1947 the Edinburgh festivals have existed to champion the flowering of the human spirit and, in the face of this truly unprecedented global emergency, we believe that this spirit is needed now more than ever.”
Tokyo Olympics – 24 August and 5 September
A massive blow to sports lovers around the world, the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) made the decision after Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe asked members to postpone the Games due to measures taken to combat COVID-19.
Originally set to start on 24 August 2020, they will now begin on the same date in 2021.
They will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the 124 years of the modern Olympics, Games have never been postponed, although they have been cancelled three times – in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the two world wars.
The Olympic flame will stay in Japan “to stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times” and the flame would become a “light at the end of the tunnel”.
Theatreland in general…
New York, the city that never sleeps, has suspended Broadway until at least mid-April.
The US theatre district is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, but with around 1,000 seats per venue it’s a no-go area as far as mass gatherings are concerned.
And London has followed suit, with the Society of London Theatre, which represents the West End, confirming the capital’s theatres will close until further notice.
Sister organisation UK Theatre said its 165 venues around the country would take the same step.
The Creative Industries Federation called the government’s social distancing measures – which are advisory rather than an outright ban – “a crippling blow to the UK’s creative industries”.
While theatregoers are eligible for a refund, some theatres are asking people to donate the cost of their ticket, as actors, stage crews, bar workers and venue staff all brace themselves for tough weeks and months ahead.
SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-12-cancelled-events-well-be-missing-out-on-this-summer-11967395