The Trustees of Isle of Wight Pride have been monitoring the current unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus pandemic and feel they can no longer carry on with IW Pride, which was due to take place on 18th July 2020.
In a statement, organisers have said:
“We need to put the safety and wellbeing of our communities the wider public and our valued volunteers first. This decision is not one we have taken lightly as we had big plans, including returning to the beach, it is a huge disappointment to us all.
“We have also considered how the crisis has affected many of our local sponsors some of whom rely heavily on tourism and are now facing very uncertain times.
“The situation regarding events in July is unknown. However, with the lockdown in place and essential instruction to people to stay at home and only travel if necessary, it makes it near impossible to plan and prepare for our event over the next couple of months. As a Charity we also have to consider the risk to us of investing money in planning for an event which may not be able to take place and that this could result in significant debt and perhaps loss of the charity and the event itself in future years”.
Those who purchased tickets to the website through Outsavvy will soon be receiving an email which will confirm a full refund, including booking fees.
Isle of Wight Pride aims to return in 2021.