For the first time since it launched back in 1987, Park Avenue Open Day has been postponed.
The networking and charity event, originally scheduled to take place on 3 June, will be delayed indefinitely, until mass gatherings are once again permitted by the government.
“We’re not in a position to plan for any more events during the spring/summer months of 2020 as we are still during the lockdown period dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic,” said UDC head of creative Matt Bland in an official statement.
“Once the lockdown finishes there will still likely be a period when social distancing is required, which would be incompatible with this type of event in the near term.”
The symbol of the Park Avenue Open Day, John Stergides, was disappointed at the postponement but remained upbeat. “We’re obviously sorry for the huge inconvenience and thank everyone for their understanding, but it’s in the interests of public health.”
• UDC has confirmed that the East Coast Amusements Show 2020, due to take place this May in Scarborough and Skegness, has been deferred for the same reasons. “Here at UDC we’re thinking about all our friends and customers in the industry at this time, hope you are safe and keeping well,” added Bland. “We’re looking forward to things returning to normal as soon as is possible.”