Pack Monday Fair 2020 - COVID 19 Update
Released On 15th Sep 2020
Pack Monday Fair 2020 – COVID Update
Sadly, Events Crew in agreement with Sherborne Town Council and Sherborne Castle Estates are making the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Pack Monday Fair which was due to take place on the 12th October 2020.
With the increase in national positive cases and increasing local lockdowns, combined with ever changing government guidelines, hosting the event this year and without adding any adverse risks to the local population was not possible despite the best efforts of all involved.
Pack Monday Fair is one of the UK’s longest running street fairs tracing its origin back as far as 1790 and is traditionally held on the first Monday after the 10th October. The event pulls in traders and visitors from all over the country and this was one of the main considerations leading to the cancellation.
Brent Mitchell, Managing Director of Events Crew comments: “Every effort has been made this year to hold Pack Monday Fair. We have submitted a robust COVID Event Risk Assessment to the Local Authority and made many changes to allow this event to go ahead, however the increasing number of positive cases throughout the country and locally have meant that it is for the best to cancel the event this year.”
Some of the changes that were proposed included removing stalls from parts of Cheap Street to avoid potentially narrow sections and pinch points. A new location at Digby Hall was proposed including an indoor area and outdoor stalls incorporating a one-way system and monitored people counts.
In addition, Events Crew were bringing their Covid Support Unit which has been deployed with great success. This standalone vehicle has individual and crowd scanning temperature technology allowing for rapid mass testing at entry and exit points.
Brent continues, “Pack Monday Fair was a huge part of my childhood and I was honoured to take on the role of organiser in 2018. I would like to thank my team at Events Crew who have worked extremely hard to try and make this event happen. Pack Monday has always been a part of the community and a celebration of Sherborne, its history, and its people and anything that jeopardises that is not worth the risk.”
Pack Monday will return stronger in 2021 with the music nights and street fair to make it a 4 day celebration.
Events Crew will be in contact with all traders involved and full refunds will be given to traders who have already paid or offered places for 2021.
Events Crew are an event support and logistics business from Somerset who hold a licence to operate Pack Monday Fair on behalf of Sherborne Castle Estates.
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Released On 15th Sep 2020