Organisers have confirmed that for the second year running there will be no carnival on the streets of the Island’s county town.
Although it appears restrictions on day-to-day life will be lifted by 21st June, Newport Carnival says it is just ‘too late in the day’ to think about putting on a procession.
In a statement released this lunchtime (Friday), the carnival committee has said:
“Sadly, for the second year running, we have come to the decision that due to the uncertainty still around the coronavirus pandemic, little time to organise with restrictions still in place, it seems only right to cancel the summer carnival season for the second year running.
“Although the UK Government has indicated that the country could be out of coronavirus restrictions by the 21st of June, it is just too late in the day to think about putting on a procession.
“Plus, with uncertainty around whether the roadmap may be halted, delaying the full unlock, it just wouldn’t be fair to cancel just weeks before the processions are due to take place.
“Additionally, there is still scepticism around social distancing, and as to whether or not measures will still have to be observed. At some locations along the carnival route, there are crowds and rows of around 10-12 people deep, this would not be possible to control if social distancing remained and not fair on those attending.
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“Ultimately, we have to ensure the safety of all its participants, members of the public and those supporting us are safe”.
It’s hoped that the annual Christmas Parade, which was also cancelled in 2020, will be able to go ahead this year.
There is currently no word on other carnivals held across the Isle of Wight – all of which are an important part of the summer season on the Island, especially when visitor numbers are expected to be the highest in years in 2021.