The Pride event in Gloucester Park has been cancelled and organisers have said they are “incredibly disappointed”.
The event on September 12, to celebrate the county’s LGBTQ+ community, has been called off because of COVID-19 but Pride will still be celebrated online and through small-scale activities.
This morning’s announcement came after the committee and trustees of Pride in Gloucestershire met to decide whether this year’s event would take place.
They collected public opinion on holding it or not and if it happened, what measures people wanted to see put in place to help keep them safe.
Organisers researched the measures and the overall cost of putting them in place.
They said they scrutinised local and national data on COVID-19 and consulted with local government whilst also taking into consideration national guidelines.
But despite public opinion being positive about the event going ahead and organisers saying it would be financially viable, they decided they would not have enough time to set it up and be sure to have enough people to run it.
They said, in a statement: “Through our comprehensive risk assessment, we identified a number of controls and rules that would be needed to operate a safe yet successful event. However, we felt that we were uncertain at this point that we could effectively implement all of these controls at such short notice whilst also guaranteeing we would have enough staff on the day to implement them.
“After viewing all the above information, the committee voted unanimously to cancel this year’s Pride event.”
They added: “We are incredibly disappointed to be having to cancel this year’s event, however the health and safety of our community is what matters most and we do not want to put a single member of our community at risk.”
They are planning an online event which people will be able to enjoy at home and they said news on that would be coming very soon.
Organisers are also looking at having some kind of physical presence in the form of small-scale socially distanced activities.
They added: “We promise Pride in Gloucestershire will be back even bigger and even better in 2021. Until then look after yourselves, be kind to one another and keep washing those hands!”
The team said it had been the last Pride group in the country to be planning a physical event despite the pandemic.
And it said it would have an extended programme for 2021, including a Pride event in Gloucester, Cheltenham and, for the first time ever, in the Forest of Dean and Cirencester.