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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact



Cancellation of Easter Fair (April 16 to 19), Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea (March 22) and postponement of ceremony of Spirit of Enterprise Awards (March 27)

Cllr Carl Smith, the council leader, said: “Great Yarmouth Borough Council is monitoring the situation with respect to Covid-19 and continues to play an active role in the multi-agency Norfolk Resilience Forum (NRF) to support the response to this global pandemic.


“We have in place robust policies and resilience plans for emergencies and business continuity, which we continue to review and refresh as the situation develops. As part of our response, we have continued to review and consider the larger-scale council-run events planned in the borough.


“In light of the developing situation and the national advice around gatherings, we have today taken the decision to cancel the Great Yarmouth Easter Fair and the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. While we appreciate that many people will be sad about missing these events, public health and safety is the top priority. In addition, we have decided to postpone the awards ceremony for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards until a date to be announced in due course.


“Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to follow the latest Government advice and monitor the situation with respect to the other council-run events planned in the borough, liaising closely with the multi-agency Events Safety Advisory Group.”


  • The council will be contacting all those who have pre-booked for the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and offering full refunds.


Virtual council meetings


In a joint statement, Cllr Carl Smith, the council leader, and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, the Labour group leader, said: “It is recognised that a number of borough councillors are within the at-risk category. As a result, all face-to-face meetings of councillors are cancelled until further notice, with the council putting in place the IT arrangements to enable virtual committee meetings to take place as soon as possible.”