Walk the Wight 2020 will go ahead as normal despite the spread of coronavirus across the country, but organisers say they are regularly assessing and reviewing their plans.

Major events are under the spotlight as plans are drawn up to help prevent COVID-19 spreading from person to person. In other countries, large gatherings have been banned but the UK Government says we are not at that stage yet.

In a statement issued today, a spokesperson for Mountbatten has said:

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“At the moment, Walk the Wight with Mountbatten 2020 is going ahead as planned and we encourage people to continue to sign up as normal.

“Our main priority is always the safety and health of all our participants, external supporters, staff and volunteers, who help Mountbatten to stage the event.

“We will, therefore, implement any official recommendations or advice from Public Health England and other relevant organisations as the situation changes and further advice is given.

“Please follow the latest official advice and information on coronavirus, which can be found at GovernmentPublic Health England and NHS”.

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1 year ago

This is a tough one.

This raises much needed cash for such a wonderful cause, but to put it bluntly, is the risk of helping those dying already, worth risking killing more otherwise would be healthy people?

Perhaps we could still donate but this year avoid the mass gathering of the walk, and just spread the walk out over the whole Summer, so people still register, but go with smaller groups of friends and family and still get sponsors?

Not saying that is the way to go, and I know from bitter experience how much love, care, and attention the staff give to those in need. Just hate to see others parents etc dying because of someone doing the walk en masse.

Awful decision for organisers to make.

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