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01-04-2020, 10:39   #1
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Galway Races/Arts festival, closing for COVID?

Surely they have to cancel the arts festival and the races this year
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01-04-2020, 10:59   #2
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[QUOTE=Whereisgalway;113020241]Surely they have to cancel the arts festival and the races this year[/QUOTE

To early to make that call just yet .
From an economic point of view ... Losing both events would cost the city tens of millions in revenue .
Imagine by the 1st of June if we had gone tru the worst of this , the government announced that people could go back to work and socialise .
I don't expect our airports / and ports to be allowed to accept tourists for all of 2020 .
Galway arts and racing festival could be Irish peoples only holiday of the year .
The month of April is going to be huge regarding how this all plays out .
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Potentially the races could run behind closed doors.
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Potentially the races could run behind closed doors.
They could ... But ...
They wouldn't allow it if bookies / pubs / restaurants and hotels were still shut .
They all go hand in hand .
We need to get on top of this in April ... As in reach our peak .
What's wordying is NOT the amount of testing been done BUT the length of time it's taken for results to come true .
Wouldn't be at all surprised if the amount of testers in labs is shockingly low and that's where the problem is .
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Surely they have to cancel the arts festival and the races this year[/QUOTE

To early to make that call just yet .
From an economic point of view ... Losing both events would cost the city tens of millions in revenue .
Imagine by the 1st of June if we had gone tru the worst of this , the government announced that people could go back to work and socialise .
I don't expect our airports / and ports to be allowed to accept tourists for all of 2020 .
Galway arts and racing festival could be Irish peoples only holiday of the year .
The month of April is going to be huge regarding how this all plays out .
wimbledon and the Olympic were due to run in July/August and have both been cancelled
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Problem is if at the end of this month if we have zero cases for 15 full days once we have flights open from active areas we have potential to be back where we are today within 2 or 3 weeks. They need to isolate all visitors from countries with active cases.
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wimbledon and the Olympic were due to run in July/August and have both been cancelled
Totally different events and can’t be compared to the races from a logistics point of view (qualifying also etc). Also Wimbledon starts mid June which is a lot closer.

The races could be a fairly late call imo no need to be jumping into cancelling the biggest week of the year in Galway. It could be the saviour of many businesses in Galway too which can’t be forgotten.
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Totally different events and can’t be compared to the races from a logistics point of view (qualifying also etc). Also Wimbledon starts mid June which is a lot closer.

The races could be a fairly late call imo no need to be jumping into cancelling the biggest week of the year in Galway. It could be the saviour of many businesses in Galway too which can’t be forgotten.

They need to be making the call fairly soon tbh
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Would be surprised if a decision made on galways 2 major events would be made before May 1st .
If at all possible we need to reopen by July 1st .
That's 13 weeks away still .
A lot ( as has been proven over past month ) can change in the next 13 weeks .
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I think both will be cancelled, would look very bad on the city if events all over the country and world are being cancelled but these were to go ahead.

The Irish open due to be held in may in Kilkenny has been cancelled, that's probably the highest profile event cancelled so far.
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Problem is if at the end of this month if we have zero cases for 15 full days once we have flights open from active areas we have potential to be back where we are today within 2 or 3 weeks. They need to isolate all visitors from countries with active cases.
Flights other than cargo should be suspended indefinitely really.
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They need to be making the call fairly soon tbh
Why?
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Problem is if at the end of this month if we have zero cases for 15 full days once we have flights open from active areas we have potential to be back where we are today within 2 or 3 weeks. They need to isolate all visitors from countries with active cases.
This makes it sound like we aren't letting in flights from affected areas today. On the contrary on the radio they were talking about a flight of 150+ people coming in from New York. I don't think we've locked out any flights yet and there is no forced quarantine for new arrivals.
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To avoid a disaster like the 2020 opening where it was called off too late

Fail to prepare prepare to fail
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Both will not be going ahead.

We won't be done with covid-19 until there is a vaccine so large scale events will all be cancelled or be modified to such an extent as to largely negate the local value of them

Another important aspect to remember is the sponsorship. By the time the races come around a lot of the existing sponsors may have gone to the wall. One big race is sponsored by a car sales company..... Can't imagine too many sales happening
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