Reading and Leeds Festival are not planning to postpone or cancel the 2020 edition of the event despite the outbreak of coronavirus.
While major festivals in the U.S. such as Coachella and SXSW have already announced plans to stop their events, Reading and Leeds Festival “is going ahead as planned” as the UK continues to monitor the current pandemic.
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 12th, 2020, more than 126,135 cases have been confirmed, of which more than 8,000 were classified as serious.
With more than 4,630 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 110 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.
Reading and Leeds, who recently announced that the likes of Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Rage Against The Machine will headline this year’s festival, have released a statement to reassure ticket holders that the three-day event is still going ahead on August 28-30.
A statement read: “At this time, Reading/Leeds Festival is going ahead as planned. Please be assured that the safety and health of all staff and visitors is our main priority and we are implementing recommendations and instructions appropriately.
“We are closely monitoring official guidance from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, UK Government, local public health authorities and are working with event promoters and organisers as information evolves.
“If you are attending, please follow the most up to date information on the Coronavirus that is available at: World Health Organisation, UK Government and the NHS.”