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Author Topic: The CoViD19 Corona Virus situation - upcoming show changes and/or cancellations  (Read 6641 times)

Offline Captain Blood

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Thanks for the updates. Shame about Warfare, although completely understandable under the circumstances. I was really looking forward to seeing the show in its new venue at Ascot (and away from the Godawful Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading). Ah well, fast forward to 2021 I guess!

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After careful consideration and discussions with our venue and other show organisers, we've reached the sad decision to cancel Battleground 2020.  The current Covid situation causes a whole host of problems for holding large events in crowded venues and the added factors are just too much currently:

- Face masks would have to be compulsory and we would have to refuse entry to anyone that didn't come with one.  Some folks might have health issues which permit them to not wear masks, which we would need to confirm at the door.

- We would need to implement a one-way system through the hall which would need to be policed by our staff.

- We would have to stagger the entry into the hall with some kind of ticketing system to keep the numbers in the hall to around 100-150 maximum.  The ticketing itself is a bit tricky but we might also have people complaining if they have to queue outside until the hall empties out sufficiently.

- We would need PPE and sanitation stations all over the hall, which is an added cost to deal with.

- We would need to hire the hall for an extra half-day to allow the traders a bigger window for unloading and packing away.  This incur more extra costs.

- The venue would have to perform a deep-clean before and after the event to make sure that they've covered their side.

All of that extra hassle and costs would mean that we'd be losing money on the event, whilst also asking the traders to take a gamble on something that might not be viable for them in terms of visitor numbers and sales.

With everything considered, the sensible option is to cancel this year's event and wait for this Corona situation to calm down.  Hopefully by the beginning of 2021 things will be under control and we might have a vaccine.

​We'll update everyone as to the date for 2021 as soon as we can.  Currently the Warfare show in Ascot have moved their event into our usual slot, but we're waiting to hear back from them about whether that's a permanent change.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2020, 06:59:07 AM by Westfalia Chris »

Offline Tactalvanic

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Its all a shame, but not unexpected, thanks again for the info bursts Dags, much appreciated reminders.

Although could say that out of all of it they should have introduced at least one way system in the old venue regardless years ago  lol

Roll on 2021, maybe I will have some money to put on something then.

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Vapnatak 2021 has gone. From their FB page....

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Sad to say we have had to pull the show for 2021. The continued situation and uncertainty around Covid 19, we don't know how we could get 2000 visitors, exhibitors and members safely in a covid secure manner in to the Knavesmire stand. The rules are in flux and we could have got the show organised to face a local lockdown or change in the rules with no notice.
Too big a risk to ourselves, our visitors and the reputation of the show.

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BOYL 2020 is cancelled.   

We are sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel the October rescheduled date for Bring Out Your Lead due to the ongoing risks of Coronavirus.   This is a community event and our aim is for the whole community to be able to enjoy it risk free.   This isn’t achievable given the current Coronavirus situation.

BOYL 2021 dates have been set for Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1 August.

Offline Westfalia Chris

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From the separate announcement threads,

ThunderCon in the Netherlands (scheduled for Sept 19)

as well as the

Penkridge Wargames Tabletop Sale (Sept 27)

had to be cancelled.

Offline Westfalia Chris

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Unfortunately, the February 2021 show Hamburg Tactica had to be cancelled as well.

Official statement in German:

https://www.hamburger-tactica.de/?p=16817

The organisers are hoping to get it back on track for 2022.

Offline Historiker

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Sad to hear about the next Tactica being cancelled but I also was expecting this to happen.

The Tactica is a, for German standards, very well attended Convention and at times quite crowded. It is also very relaxed, so I could not see it truly work and keep the same spirit with all securities measures in place.

All the best to the organizers and let´s all hope for a grand return of the Tactica in the year 2022!
« Last Edit: September 15, 2020, 03:11:43 PM by Historiker »
"The philosopher Didactylos has summed up an alternative hypothesis as: Things just happen. What the hell."

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I honestly can't see Salute happening next year the way things are going  :'(

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No vaccine, no shows I'm thinking right now.☹️
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From the Bayou Wars facebook group.
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Hello Bayou Wars nation!  We have met with the venue management and after reviewing the restriction we would have to operate under, it has been decided that Bayou wars 2020 will be cancelled.
The decision was tough to make but the occupancy we would have to restrict the con to made it impossible to hold the Convention to the standards we strive for.
We will be looking to do a Bayou Wars themed game day sometime soon so look out for an announcement.
At this point we will be directing our efforts to planning Bayou Wars 2021.  Hope to see you guys there... Keep pushing lead.
Bayou Wars

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CRUSADE 2021 UPDATE
Fellow gamers,

After careful consideration and discussion with our venue, it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Crusade 2021. There is simply too much uncertainty associated with the current Coronavirus situation and there seems little prospect of large indoor gatherings/events taking place in the foreseeable future.

We’re really grateful for all your continuing support during these difficult times and look forward to welcoming you back in 2022 where, provisionally, Crusade 22 will take place on Saturday 29th January (i.e. our regular last Saturday in January slot).

For those individuals/businesses that were good enough to provide us with advance payment/deposits, we will be in touch separately to establish your preferences where we are happy to provide a refund in full or rollover payment toward the next show.

Take care folks and enjoy your gaming whenever/where ever you can (subject to staying safe and following appropriate guidelines).

Thank you.
Penarth & District Wargames Society