The Southampton International Boat Show 2020 (BOATS2020) has been cancelled, the day before the event was due to begin.
The organisers of BOATS2020 released a statement saying that, despite close collaboration with Southampton City Council to ensure the event complied with Covid requirements, the council has now cancelled the event.
BOATS2020 was due to take place from 11-20 September, but organisers British Marine received the news at 6:34pm on Thursday 10 September that it could not go ahead.
The organisers are offering all BOATS2020 ticket holders a credit against their ticket purchase for Southampton International Boat Show 2021.
Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said: “We are desperately disappointed that BOATS2020 will no longer be taking place, especially receiving the news at the eleventh hour before opening. A tremendous amount of work has been put in and it was heartening to see committed exhibitors on-site today getting geared up for opening.
“British Marine has remained committed to staging this not-for-profit boat show to support the leisure marine industry and our host city of Southampton, and I am deeply saddened that it will now no longer be taking place. Alongside our exhibitors, we were ready to open a show that exceeded all safety requirements.
“We are truly perplexed as to why we are unable to run the show at least until Monday in line with the government restrictions imposed yesterday. The global pandemic and unprecedented times mean that the latest circumstances are beyond our control. Public health and safety come first and naturally, as the show organiser, British Marine must comply with all guidance.”