The Evening Standard has announced Notting Hill Carnival will be cancelled this year.
As today's decision was down to increasing pressures to call off the event, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Notting Hill Carnival Ltd said in a statement, “Notting Hill Carnival was founded to bring people together during trying times, and we intend to continue that legacy. We are working towards an alternate NHC 2020 that we hope will bring the carnival spirit to people from the safety of their homes, and make them feel connected and engaged".
Europe's biggest street festival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Had also received concerns from Kensington & Chelsea council that the local community would be put at risk if the event went ahead.
Notting Hill Carnival added: “This has not been an easy decision to make, but the reality of the pandemic and the way in which it has unfolded means that this is the only safe option. Everyone’s health has to come first".
For the carnival fans out there like myself, it is disappointing to hear Notting Hill Carnival will not be happening. With the year we have had so far, It would have been nice to attend a celebratory event. But with respect to Covid-19, this was the right decision after all.
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Source: The Evening Standard