GearBlast:UK COVID-19 2020 Event update
The GBUK team have been discussing various scenarios operating under the assumptions that social distancing measures, entry quarantine and delayed business openings will continue, plus the knowledge that many of you will be experiencing challenges on the financial, social and familial fronts; we have come to the following difficult decision.
GearBlast:UK is cancelled for 2020
To help us continue we humbly ask for donations to assist with our ongoing financial commitments for storage unit charges, website hosting fees and other fixed costs.
Anything you can afford would be appreciated and will only go towards helping us run the event - any surplus will of course be reinvested directly into the 2021 event. Any donations will be noted and as thanks we will be offering those who donate early bird access for tickets next year and potentially a discount, budget allowing.
When we initially started the planning for this year's event we had no idea of what lay ahead of us; except some exciting ideas for August! Then Covid-19 struck, putting everything on hold.
On Sunday 10th May the government announced a limited easing of some restrictions but added in new ones such as flight and entry quarantines and gave no real guarantee that locations - such as the Facility or hospitality venues such as hotels - will be open for business or that social distancing will be fully relaxed before late 2020.
We had considered postponing the event to later in 2020, but as other events (originally scheduled in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020) have already been moved to later in the year we felt this was creating a very congested calendar with no concrete guarantee we could operate the event as we would like.
We are certain you share in our disappointment at this news to cancel, but we must consider the health and safety of everyone and take what we feel is the responsible decision. We hope this does not deter you from attending in August 2021 and we promise this will make up for a lack of GBUK this year!
How you can help
We really appreciate any help you can offer us to help cover the fixed costs we incur each year over and above the direct costs related to the weekend itself. This includes things such as equipment storage, web hosting, insurance, and other items.
Any donations you kindly offer us here will go directly into covering these costs, and any surplus will be directly reinvested in the event when it returns in 2021.
If you would like to donate, you can use the button below.