Stop canceling Christmas! Festive markets, Christmas concerts and Santa Claus caves in at least 30 parts of Britain have been put on hold because of Covid … even though there are no pandemic restrictions
- At least 30 areas have canceled Christmas events, but the actual number is likely much higher
- Bath withdrew its market of 400,000 people while others abandoned the ceremonies of lights
- Cancellations were called “cruel” by parent group UsForThem
Christmas events across the country have been canceled due to Covid despite pandemic rules no longer in place.
Dozens of areas have seen festive markets, Dickensian fairs, Christmas light-on celebrations, Christmas carol concerts and Santa Claus caves destroyed by “overly cautious” officials.
Daily Mail searches have found at least 30 localities where events have been put on the back burner, but the actual number is likely much higher.
In some areas, decisions were made months ago not to hold events due to ‘Covid 19 uncertainties’, even though many are outside.
The organizers, moreover, were cold-eyed just a few weeks before the planned celebrations.
This despite the normal functioning of workplaces, pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
The cancellations were criticized last night by parent group UsForThem.
Paultons Park in Hampshire has closed its Santa Claus cave (pictured), in favor of an appearance in a covered outdoor space to give children access to Santa Claus “in a comfortable and cool environment”
The Grassington Dickensian Festival in North Yorkshire (pictured in 2019) has been scrapped in favor of two ‘safer and more careful’ markets for locals
In Bath, the Christmas Market (pictured in 2018) – which typically draws 400,000 visitors and brings in millions of pounds for businesses – has been canceled
Christmas shoppers browse the stalls at Bath’s traditional Christmas market on November 30, 2017
The nurseries are advancing
Nativity coins are “one of our most cherished school traditions” and “can continue” this term, the education ministry said yesterday.
His opinion comes amid reports that some schools have decided not to allow parents to attend Nativity plays or other Christmas celebrations in person due to concerns about Covid-19. In a blog post, the department says it hopes “many more” festive events will take place this year than last year, but that it is up to schools and nurseries to decide what to do.
The blog says: “The Christmas and Nativity coins are one of our most cherished school traditions. [They] can go ahead.
It describes the precautions that can be taken. The blog was published after Schools Minister Robin Walker said he would like to see “as many as possible moving forward.”
Co-founder Molly Kingsley said: “These events are often a rites of passage for the kids and for them to be called off two years in a row, and at a time when the adults overall are enjoying a fun run. and normal until the holiday season, no longer just unfair, it’s cruel. ‘
In Bath, the Christmas market – which usually draws 400,000 visitors and brings in millions of pounds for businesses – has been canceled.
The council said the recruitment problems caused by Covid and Brexit meant it could not handle the market safely this year.
Nottingham City Council said it had turned on the Christmas lights without advertising to prevent crowds from gathering.
Light ceremonies have been abandoned in Southend, Cambridge, Ely and York.
The Grassington Dickensian Festival in North Yorkshire has been scrapped in favor of two ‘safer and more careful’ markets for locals.
The Lions Club charity concert in Fleet was also canceled due to Covid.
Paultons Park in Hampshire has closed its Santa Claus Cave, in favor of an appearance in a covered outdoor space to allow children to access Santa Claus “in a comfortable and cool environment.”
Other areas with canceled or reduced events include Slough, Faversham in Kent and Ambleside in the Lake District.