Those behind the annual event say they have been following the developments with the coronavirus pandemic and, in particular, the roadmap out of lockdown.
Although almost all restrictions are set to be lifted on 21st June – with ever-growing confidence that this will happen – the Trustees have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 staging of Pride after consultation with volunteers and sponsors.
Isle of Wight Pride organisers say that the major considerations have been the lack of time to prepare following the relaxing of restrictions and the risk of investing money in planning for an event that might not be able to take place, which could result in significant debt and perhaps loss of the charity and the event itself in future years.
The safety and wellbeing of the community and volunteers has also been considered with organisers saying the decision is not one taken lightly. The financial position of sponsors has also been a deciding factor.
Several small community engagement activities and events will be held later in the year, should the roadmap go to plan, with a view to bringing Isle of Wight Pride back on 16th July 2022.