Bath Christmas Market canceled and replaced with a smaller event

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The Bath Christmas market will not take place this year due to the coronavirus.Visit Bath, which is running the market, received advice from public health and decided that the traditional and much-loved market would not go ahead.

Kathryn Davis, Managing Director of Visit Bath, said: “It is disappointing that we are unable to host the Christmas market this year, but I hope everyone understands the reason for this decision and the notice we are giving.

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Still, Ms Davis went on to say that they plan to create a Christmas event in the city that will support the local economy and be safe.

Bath and North East Somerset head of council Dine Romero said a decision had to be made now due to the extensive planning the market demands.

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Kathyrn Davis continued, “We fully understand the value of the Bath Christmas Market to the city, but public safety and preventing the spread of Covid-19 must come first.

“We are proactively working with partners across the city to create a Christmas event in Bath that will always support our local economy, but in a way that can be tailored as needed and will disperse visitors across the city.

The CEO of Visit Bath has said he will create an exciting schedule of events in Bath in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, which could be delivered in a Covid-19 secure manner.

She said: “So there will always be an exciting program of events ahead of Christmas.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council, Visit Bath, Bath BID and Bath Festivals are all working together to create a four-week program that will include city dressing, music and entertainment, cultural events, street stalls and artisanal cuisine. Christmas celebration for residents and visitors and all delivered securely by Covid. ”

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Dine Romero added, “A lot of the planning has to go to the Bath Christmas Market and so a decision has to be made now.

“We echo the sadness that the market does not happen this year, but we welcome the decision to put public health and human safety first.

“Thank you to everyone who makes this such a well-run and special festive event.

“Our message is that Bath is still open but Christmas will be a little different this year so it is safe for all of us to enjoy it and we hope to get back to normal next year and celebrate the 20th Christmas Market. “

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