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Glastonbury and Bath&West on, but steam rally and cricket tour cancelled

The organiser of this year's Glastonbury festival says she still hopes it will go ahead.

Last night Emily Eavis confirmed more of the line up, saying it was being made with the 'best of intentions'.

It includes The Isley Brothers, Pet Shop Boys and The Specials, with the full list here

Overnight, organisers of Yeovil's Abbey Hill Steam Rally confirmed this year's event has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Somerset Cricket Club confirmed they've cancelled their pre-season tour to Abu Dhabi

Organisers of this year's Bath & West Show say they still expect the event to take place as planned.

Across the South West there's 42 active cases of the virus.

Anyone with a continuous cough or high temperature is asked to now stay at home for seven days.

The Prime Minister has called the outbreak the worst public health crisis in a generation

Further afield the Australian F1 grand prix has been cancelled.

The Premier League's holding an emergency meeting later after the Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.

The Canadian Prime Minister's self-isolating after his wife was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Glastonbury Festival
Adrian Coombs, Glastonbury Festival’s Head of Event Operations, said: “Glastonbury Festival thoroughly plans each year's event, and puts in place all necessary measures to protect the public and maximise safety. We work closely with all of the relevant agencies, including Public Health England and the NHS, and always review our plans as any circumstances change. With this in mind and with our 2020 Festival still 16 weeks away, we continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation.”

Abbey Hill Steam Rally 
We have made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Abbey Hill Steam Rally, due to the ongoing Corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak. As we are sure many will appreciate, this is a decision that has not been taken lightly. This being said, we feel strongly that the health, safety and wellbeing of our exhibitors, staff and general public must be our top priority – as well as ensuring the future economic sustainability of the show. This year, as was widely advertised, was due to be our 40th anniversary. In the history of Abbey Hill Steam Rally, which dates back to 1980, the show has only been
cancelled once - due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth. However, as much as we would like to continue this year, public doubt and uncertainty over Corona virus, together with the risk of Government policy cancelling large-scale events – has lead us to this decision. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support for the steam rally and look forward to planning an even better show for 2021. Refunds For any trader, crafter, caterer, advertiser or public camper that has already paid, please e-mail refunds@abbeyhillrally.co.uk and a full refund will be made in due
course. To assist us with this, please ensure you include your name, section and trading name (if applicable) along with your BACS details.

Bath & West Show 
We are continuing with our planning and preparations for this year’s Royal Bath & West Show on 28-30 May.We are committed to doing business ethically and responsibly, and every year we have stringent plans in place to protect the public and our livestock, putting the safety of everyone at the event as our priority.  With that, we work very closely with all relevant agencies such as the Department of Health & Social Care and Public Health England. We are also members of events industry bodies including the ASAO and NOEA and will continue to consult with them to ensure a proportional response as the coronavirus outbreak unfolds. This year’s event is still 11 weeks away and we will continue to monitor developments and government advice, acting appropriately. External organisers of other events planned at the Showground are also taking advice and will respond accordingly.


Somerset Cricket Club 
In light of the current global situation regarding coronavirus, Somerset County Cricket Club have taken the informed decision to cancel our planned pre-season tour to Abu Dhabi. The players and staff were due to depart on Sunday for the tour, which consisted of warm weather training plus a number of different format matches against Essex and Worcestershire, before returning on March 29th. However, following significant discussions with several major stakeholders and considering the pace in which daily developments have evolved, the decision has been taken to withdraw from the proposed tour. Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry explains that this isn’t a decision that has been taken lightly. “We have been monitoring the situation on a daily basis over the last couple of weeks, ensuring that we didn’t lose sight of the value and benefit that preparing for the season on grass overseas would give us.We have endeavoured to give ourselves as much time as possible to make this best-informed decision, allowing us to consider our position as more information has become available on a daily basis. Obviously, the health and wellbeing of our players, support staff and their families are of the highest importance. Although Abu Dhabi has appropriate protocols in place, the change of the national state from ‘Contain’ to ‘Delay’ coupled with the potential escalation of any isolation process for those returning to the UK have become key factors in the decision making process. Any imposed period of inactivity due to isolation of our players and staff would certainly adversely impact our pre-season preparation and potentially some early season fixtures."




The main symptoms of COVID-19, include a fever and cough, which can become progressively worse and turn to severe pneumonia.

The NHS say the below are the most common symptoms of the virus:

  • Cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

Public Health England have tweeted advice on how to prevent catching coronavirus or passing it on to others.

They have also said to use hand sanitiser gel, avoid close contact with those who are unwell and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

You can find more information here.

Anyone who is concerned that they may be showing symptoms use the NHS 111 service here.


The first case of COVID-19 originated in Wuhan in Hubei Province, China back in December 2019.

Since then the virus has reached far and wide, with over 50 countries now reporting positive cases.

People are being urged to adhere to strict travel guidelines when travelling or heading abroad.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised people to stay indoors and avoid contact with others if they have:

  • Travelled to Hubei province in the past 14 days.
  • Travelled to Iran and areas of northern Italy and South Korea since 19 February.
  • Travelled to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand and are showing mild or severe symptoms.
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February.

You can find more advice from the FCO here.

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