It is with great regret that Worcester Stage Dance Festival Committee has today decided that, as a result of the emerging Covid-19 situation, it is no longer possible to hold the 2020 festival this coming Easter. We do appreciate and I do personally share the disappointment which will be felt by all who are effected by this decision.
Having considered all current advice and announcements being issued, be it from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation (who on the 11th March labelled Covid-19 as a pandemic) and the latest advice from the British and International Federation of Festivals, it is clear that we as a Festival have a duty to safeguard the wellbeing of competitors, teachers and their respective families. I also have the same duty to safeguard everyone who plays a part in making the Festival happen.
I am sure you will appreciate, and I must emphasise, that this decision has not been made lightly and we have even considered rescheduling the event later in the year, but for a number of reasons this is not feasible.
We will of course be arranging a full refund for all entries and I will contact schools as soon as possible with details of how this will be achieved. I do hope that you will understand the reasoning for this action we are taking and please accept our sincere apologies.
Chairman to WSDF