02nd September, 2020
Let’s address the elephant in the room. We know that coronavirus is still very much on everyone’s mind, and it is on ours too. We’ve spent the summer getting everything ready for hosting events on the Bath & West Showground again, and we’ve made various amendments to how we do things here.
As the government has relaxed restrictions around gatherings and events, we’ve been able to hold several market-type events since mid-August, all socially distanced and all outside. With business events and trade shows allowed from 1st October – subject to various conditions – we’re delighted that we’ll be able to hold The Dairy Show on Wednesday 7th October. By then, if nothing changes, we’ll be able to head inside to the Showering Pavilion, as well as the numerous trade stands and marquees that will be outside.
We’ll be one of the first events out of the blocks when we run the show and that does mean the eyes of the events world will be on us. That’s ok by us, because we’re ready. We’ve done a really thorough deep clean of the buildings we’ll be using, and the halls are well ventilated anyway. We have introduced enhanced cleaning programmes across the site including the toilet blocks, and we are asking all our visitors to wear a face mask inside any of our buildings. We’re no different from anyone else with that and hopefully by October we’ll all be so used to wearing them we won’t even need to think about it. There will be lots of hand sanitiser stations around so please make sure you’re keeping your hands clean.
Track and Trace
We’re selling tickets in advance online so that we can comply with the government’s Track & Trace programme. Collecting this information up front will allow the service to trace recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus. That is a change from previous years and we’re sure you understand why we need to do it this year; in the unlikely event that there is a new infection, we can play a vital role in isolating that for the wellbeing of everyone. So, if you’re able, please buy your ticket online beforehand and save yourself some time on the day.
Fit and Well
We’re confident it’s going to be a great event. It won’t look quite the same as previous years – we won’t have the cattle this year, for one – though as it’s such a key date in the calendar for the dairy industry, we hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are. And of course, if you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus on the day, including a high temperature, please give The Dairy Show a miss this year.
Buy your tickets in advance here. See you on 7th October!