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Accepting it’s not a direct comparison but the International camper van show in Stratford is still on at the end of the month. This will involve lots of campers attending a field and camping next to one another. Email sent from organisers below.
“IS THE EVENT STILL ON?
That’s the question on everybody’s lips. The short answer is YES.
Why, are we being “irresponsible”? An adjective that our haters and internet trolls are using quite often at the moment (jealousy will get you nowhere). Quite the opposite actually, we are being RESPONSIBLE.
Right from Day One when this wretched pandemic struck we’ve always said that “we will follow the government’s guidelines as to whether we could/would hold a show or not. In that respect nothing has changed. If we are told it is unsafe to hold the event, the event won’t be held. It really is as simple as that.
Why? Because I’m an event organiser, not a doctor. Whatever your political persuasions are, the Chief Medical Officer of England has a lot more knowledge about the subject than 99.9% of the population, so he and his team are advising the government what is best for the nation’s health. I listen to him because, whether I like it or not, it’s his job and I have to believe he’s good at it. Likewise, other event organisers do exactly the same. So if he says to Boris, “boot sales, markets and outdoor shows/exhibitions can go ahead PROVIDING no more than 30 people gather together in a group” and Boris and his Cabinet decide it’s good advice, they in turn will tell us peasants that it’s okay to run the type of outdoor events I’ve described. This is exactly what myself and my events team have done. We have gone through the proper channels (council/police/Public Health England/etc.) to tick all the boxes, then announced the show will take place 19-20 September 2020 at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse. The response by the way has been amazing. So many positive vibes, thanks you one and all.
So what has changed with the government’s latest announcement? Very little, apart from the fact that now instead of ‘no more than 30 in a group’ the maximum will be ‘6 in a group’.
How does that affect you as a camper at the show? It means that you can still sit around your fire-pit with a beer in a group of no more than six, and providing there is 2m distance between you and the next group of six, it’s perfectly legal and morally correct and responsible – that word again!
The bottom line is … Until such time the government tells us that gatherings are to be “no more than one”, the show WILL take place!”
Thanks Martin for clarifying the situation. We will still be going and observing the campsite guidelines.**** Update on Slimbridge Meet ****
Please Note: We are no longer classing this meet as a VW California Rally as we do not want to encourage anyone go against the current COVID-19 restrictions that were announced this week.
You are still welcome to attend the campsite next weekend BUT THIS IS NO LONGER A RALLY AND THERE WILL BE NO RALLY MARSHALLS/ORGANISERS
When you arrive, please ensure now go to reception to check in and you will be then be told where to pitch.