Sheffield’s businesses reopened their doors this week in a welcome return to trading, with many people taking the opportunity to visit local shops, hairdressers, get back to the gym or outdoor sports and enjoy al fresco dining and drinks at their favourite restaurants and bars.
Springtime events cancelled for 2021
Sheffield’s annual springtime events, The Highland Fling and Weston May Fayre have been cancelled this year in line with national coronavirus restrictions.
The Highland Fling was due to take place at Graves Park during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and Weston May Fayre at the end of the Spring Bank Holiday. Both events cannot go ahead due to the timing of changes to restrictions in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown plans.
The free events, which are not ticketed and don't have controlled entry, would be in contravention to the Government’s guidance at the time, which will require that outdoor events are seated with limited and controlled attendance.
Gary Clifton, Interim Head of Major Events and Markets at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know this will be disappointing for some, but we must always act within the rules and restrictions set out by the Government to keep people safe and keep the virus under control.
“Our teams will be working hard with event organisers over the next few months to support the return of events to the city in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
“Normally Sheffield delivers a varied and vibrant cultural and sporting event programme and we’re hopeful that by the summer there will be a range of events taking place that people can look forward to once again.”
The World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre has been selected as part of a pilot programme for the safe return of events hosting audiences as part of the Government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer.
More information about events which are planned to take place after 21 June will be shared once restrictions and details are confirmed by the Government and event organisers.
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