The fireworks display planned for St Ives on New Year’s Eve is being postponed following discussions with Cornwall Council and input from the Public Health team in light of the current situation with Covid-19 and the spread of the new Omicron variant.
St Ives BID, which sponsors the fireworks, hopes to reschedule the display for next year, potentially to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
The decision reflects the sharp increase in cases of Omicron being recorded, and Government advice for individuals to act thoughtfully about social gatherings in order to help limit the spread of the virus and reduce pressures on the NHS.
The BID and St Ives Town Council will keep in place additional medical cover organised for the town on December 31st, along with the increased CCTV services, to help support revellers visiting the town centre that evening. Restaurants and bars remain open, but advance booking is required at most venues.
The BID would ask people to avoid large gatherings in the streets, and for everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve to follow all Government guidelines, act responsibly, and to be respectful of others at all times.
St Ives BID Manager Sarah Stevens said: “Whilst we are disappointed not to go ahead with fireworks this New Year’s Eve, our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community, and the people who visit St Ives.
“We look forward to working with our stakeholders and partners to ensure 2022 showcases St Ives as brightly as ever, and wish everyone a safe and restful Christmas and New Year.”
St Ives BID is working closely with a wider partnership to help support local businesses, residents and visitors and to share the latest information and Government guidelines on Covid-19 safety precautions.
Visit the BID’s new information webpage at https://stivesbid.co.uk/st-ives-christmas-and-new-year/ to stay updated.
Tourism and hospitality businesses can find advice and information about NHS Covid passes, as well as posters and helpful tools to promote mask wearing.
Everyone living in and visiting St Ives is asked to help play their part by wearing face coverings in indoor spaces, taking regular lateral flow tests, staying at home if they test positive for Covid or if they experience Covid symptoms, and ensuring they get their Covid booster vaccine.
Details of booster clinics being held locally are also available on the BID’s website information page.
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