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London Pride cancelled for second year due to Covid fears

Pride in London has been cancelled for a second year due to concerns over coronavirus.

The UK’s biggest LGBT pride festival was due to take place on September 11 but has been called off due to the pandemic.

Organisers said making it a safe environment would have meant reducing the event to just two or three stages scattered across central London and losing the main parade.

But people on social media have been quick to point out crowds of people swarming the capital for the Euros and nightclubs being able to open their doors again.

In a statement released today Pride in London executive director Christopher Joell-Deshields said: ‘Covid-19 has affected all of us, changing so much about how we live our lives and gather together in our communities.

‘Pride, like all other major public events, has faced countless challenges with regards to safely holding one of the largest events in the capital.

‘I’m truly saddened to say that Pride in London won’t be happening in person this year. Last week was extremely challenging navigating the government’s recently updated Covid-19 guidelines and legislation for large-scale public events like ours.

‘It became clear when working through final risk assessments that our event could not provide the level of mitigation expected from the local public health team and the government.

‘It would have meant losing the crucial parade and reducing the event to just two or three stages scattered across central London with limited tickets.

‘This goes against everything we want Pride in London to be or that we have been so far.

‘No parade, no protest, means no Pride. We cannot waiver from that commitment to you, our community. How are we meant to tell some people that they have tickets and others they don’t?

‘I know that events like Manchester Pride, Brighton Pride and Notting Hill Carnival have also had to take these tough decisions based on the advice of public health officials. The team and I agree public health and well-being is our top priority.’

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