Brighton Pride still planning to go ahead despite calls to cancel due to coronavirus
Organizers of Brighton Pride, one of the UK’s biggest LGBT+ events, are still hoping to go ahead.
So far, over 160 Pride events around the world have cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the UK has entered a period of shutdown. Everyone has been asked to stay at home, except essential workers. People are only allowed out to buy food, care for others, for medical emergencies or to exercise once a day.
Moreover, the UK government has banned gatherings of more than two people. And vulnerable people in the UK are having to isolate themselves until mid June.
However, the organizers of Brighton Pride, on the south coast of England, hope the summer may bring ‘brighter news’. The event is due to take place on 1 and 2 August.
‘We don’t have a crystal ball’
The organizers issued a statement saying:
‘With the current situation regarding COVID-19 changing at a rapid pace, we will continue contingency planning and working with our partner agencies to deliver a safe and successful event.
‘With August being several months away, we are following government advice and will continue to review our position on a regular basis and implement plans accordingly.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank and support the incredibly hard-working NHS and emergency service staff who are always a big and important part of Pride.
‘Brighton and Hove Pride is an essential charity fundraising event for our city and whilst we don’t have a crystal ball, we sincerely hope the summer brings brighter news so that we can all celebrate our wonderful community.’
However, the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies seems less optimistic. It has advised social distancing may be needed for at least half a year to protect people from COVID-19.
Moreover, it says the UK may need to have some kind of controls for a year to fight coronavirus.
Meanwhile a survey of UK LGBT+ people released yesterday reveals that 75% of people support the decision to cancel or postpone Prides. Only 7% oppose organizers delaying or cancelling.
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Author: Tris Reid-Smith