Midsomer Norton & District Illuminated Carnival has been postponed until 2021.
The difficult and timely decision was taken following discussions between Midsomer Norton Carnival Committee, Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association, the entrants, and the authorities regarding the ever-changing Coronavirus threat in the UK.
Following the discussions, it was unanimously agreed that safety and public health has to be the number one priority, and during such uncertain and unprecedented times, this was the right thing to do and the only sensible way forward.
It is highly unlikely that any large gatherings of people will be allowed until there is a vaccination for COVID-19, and when this is combined with the ongoing social distancing arrangements which will remain in place for some considerable time yet, there is very little chance of the carnival committee and the entries of being able to raise the necessary monies needed to put on such a spectacular event.”
The carnival community has already introduced a number of proactive measures to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, some of which include:
o Cancelling face to face committee meetings until further notice
o Cancelling fundraising events
We will, of course, continue to monitor the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation in the UK and follow Government guidance and advice, and we very much hope that the situation in the country will have improved enormously by November.
If the situation changes, we will look at continuing the carnival tradition in a very low key and symbolic way. In the meantime, please stay safe and our thoughts are very much with those who have been affected and impacted by Coronavirus.
We look forward to welcoming the public back to Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival in 2021 on Monday 15th November.