Glastonbury at risk from coronavirus as organisers can’t say whether festival will go ahead – The Sun

Glastonbury at risk from coronavirus as organisers can’t say whether festival will go ahead – The Sun

GLASTONBURY festival could be at risk this year as bosses are unable to say whether it will go ahead amid coronavirus concerns.

The world-famous event, which draws around 200,000 people,  is set to take place in just 16 weeks and organisers are working closely with authorities as fears around the deadly bug continue to grow.

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In a statement last night, Adrian Coombs, Glastonbury's head of event operations, told Somerset Live: "Glastonbury Festival thoroughly plans each year's event, and puts in place all necessary measures to protect the public and maximise safety.

"We work closely with all of the relevant agencies, including Public Health England and the NHS, and always review our plans as any circumstances change.

"With this in mind and with our 2020 Festival still 16 weeks away, we continue to plan and prepare for the event, whilst at the same time closely monitoring developments with the coronavirus situation."

The festival – held at Worthy Farm in Somerset – will see Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney take to the stage as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Earlier this week Boris Johnson admitted cancelling big events could form part of his coronavirus battle plan as the UK faces a “significant” outbreak.

The country is currently undergoing the first stage of the PM’s plan to kill off the deadly bug.

However stage two does include banning large-scale gatherings.

Brits have been warned that it is "more likely than not that the UK will be significantly affected" with up to 80 per cent of the population catching it.

Mr Johnson said it was "highly likely we will see a growing number of UK cases" and he "understood" the widespread concern among the British public.

He again stressed that the best thing Brits can do is to wash their hands for 20 seconds to stop the spread of infection.

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