People Attending this years Balmoral Show will need to show that they have been double-jabbed or that they tested negative for covid-19 to get in. It’s Northern Ireland’s biggest agricultural event and didn’t go ahead last year.
In a statement issued today the organisers said:
“There are of course challenges in running an event of this size and we will need to adapt to ensure we can make the show Covid secure. The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors, stewards, officials and contractors remains the greatest importance. The show will be a Covid compliant event and will only go ahead if it is safe to do so.”
According to the BBC:
Visitors will have to provide proof they have had both vaccine doses – with the second administered at least 14 days before the event – a negative lateral flow test taken up to 48 hours before they visit, or proof of a Covid diagnosis within the previous 180 days which they have completed their period of self-isolation for. Negative tests will be required of for children 11 years and over.
The organisers have also published a code of conduct for visitors to observe while attending the show.
It includes mandatory mask wearing in enclosed spaces, and also a recommendation that people wear masks outdoors where they cannot socially distance. Visitors are also asked to avoid high fives, hugs and contact with people outside their social bubble.
No high fives then. Don’t leave your social bubble. Covid is watching. Wear a mask outdoors too. We really are living in an open-air looney bin now aren’t we?