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14th May 2020 - Press Release

COVID-19 Coronavirus forces cancellation of 2020 Port of Dover Community Regatta

After much discussion, waiting and hoping, the decision has reluctantly been taken to cancel this year's Port of Dover Community Regatta.

In line with so many other major public events due to take place this summer, the absolute priority has been on the health and safety of all those who come together to make the Regatta happen and those who come to enjoy it – our local community, port community, stallholders, exhibitors, entertainers and visitors.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Dover said:

“We look forward each year to organising the Port of Dover Community Regatta, which sees around ten thousand people packing our seafront.  It takes months of planning and under the current circumstances, with the clear and continuing need to maintain social distancing, we must follow the only sensible path other large scale events have been taking, and that is to cancel.  

We are grateful to everyone who has helped make it such a popular event over the last few years and look forward to welcoming many more people in the years ahead when we are past the current situation. 

For now, we must uphold our social responsibility to support the nation’s focus on tackling the spread of COVID-19 whilst also ensuring our core port operations can continue to bring in the food, medicine and other essential resources our country needs.”

The Port of Dover Community Regatta was due to take place on Sunday 9th August 2020.

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