LONDON: The organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival have today (Thursday, May 7) announced that the annual festival will be cancelled this year due to coronavirus, MyLondon reports.
They have expressed their deep upset that the August bank holiday celebration cannot go ahead, but stressed that “everyone’s health has to come first”.
In a statement, the organisers said: “Like all events around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the Notting Hill Carnival has faced many challenges this year.
“After lengthy consultations with our strategic partners and our advisory council, the board has taken the decision that this year’s Carnival will not take place on the streets of Notting Hill as it has done for over 50 years.
“This has not been an easy decision to make, but the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic and the way in which it has unfolded means that this is the only safe option. Everyone’s health has to come first.”
Notting Hill Carnival said plans were being made for an alternative carnival that will “bring the Carnival spirit to people from the safety of their homes”.
The group said these plans are still in their early stages but that the alternative event will be online and over the August bank holiday as per the normal Notting Hill Carnival.
The carnival team explained their wish to not place additional pressure on the NHS as part of their decision to cancel.
They said: “We also have no wish to place extra strain on our colleagues at St John Ambulance and the NHS.
“We, of course, work very closely with them for Carnival and want to take this opportunity to express our utmost respect, admiration and gratitude for their work.”