Coronavirus, covid-19 and the Cambridge Beer Festival

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Unfortunately, the organisers have decided to cancel this year’s Cambridge Beer Festival. This is due to the ongoing covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic.

The latest update from the government states that emergency services will not support mass gatherings. Together with the recent advice from the government to avoid social contact, these make running the festival unwise.

It is perhaps possible that restrictions will have been lifted by May. However, the beer festival is in the midst of starting to commit substantial amounts of money: for the beer, cider and other drinks that you come for, and the infrastructure that makes the festival possible. We hope cancelling now will provide some degree of certainty for our suppliers. We’re very much aware this is likely to be a tough year for them.

In the hope that some sort of normality has returned by then, planning for our next festival has started for 11–14 November.

(Post updated 17 March 2020, 4.20pm)