The Rising Festival postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
The Rising Festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The event, due to take place for the third year on Saturday (March 14) in Cambridge, brings people together to discuss fundamental issues facing women today and celebrate the achievements of women following International Women’s Day.
Lily Cheng, founder of the Rising Network, which organises the festival, said: “It is with deepest regret that due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in the UK, the organising committee and I have made the decision to postpone the festival.
“Public safety is our number one priority and we have a duty of care to our members and attendees, so I am sure that everyone will agree that this is the right decision given the current situation. We have an incredible festival programme lined up and we plan to reschedule the Rising Festival to a later date this year.”
Last Thursday’s #21toWatch awards - Cofinitive’s showcased of up and coming entrepreneurs and talent across the region - were also postponed after Arm, which was to host the event, stopped all external meetings as a precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of their staff.
Thriplow Daffodil Festival has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
As of Monday afternoon (March 9), the virus has claimed four lives in the UK.
The latest person to die was in their 70s and had underlying health conditions, the UK government’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said.
Meanwhile, following an emergency Cobra meeting today, the government has confirmed that the country remains in the “containment” stage of its response to the outbreak.
This means that measures to encourage “social distancing” - such as cancelling sporting events - are not yet in force.
Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match in France on Saturday has been postponed, however, as has England’s game in Italy.
The government has told Britons to avoid large parts of northern Italy, which is under a coronavirus quarantine, unless journeys there are essential.
Anyone returning from a locked-down area is urged to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.
Meanwhile, washing hands regularly with soap and warm water remains one of the most effective ways to protect yourself.
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