The Guernsey Community Foundation has reluctantly decided to postpone the 2021 Community Awards, due to be held tomorrow (Tuesday 16 November) in response to ongoing concerns around the rise in covid cases in the island.
The event would have been attended by more than 200 people, including many who are vulnerable and a greater number representing charities and organisations that work with, and provide essential services to, people who are at risk.
It would not have been possible to maintain social distancing and, as a traditional English tea is served to all who are present, neither would it have been possible to wear a facemask at all times.
There are no precautions that could be taken to minimise the risks without fundamentally ruining the exciting atmosphere of this entertaining and enjoyable event.
The intention is to reschedule the event as soon as possible when covid risks have reduced but ticket holders will be reimbursed if they wish.
The Foundation’s Chair, Sir Richard Collas, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly, but we think it is the right thing to do given that the island is being encouraged to take all reasonable steps to ensure that our health and social care services are not overwhelmed at this difficult time.
“We bitterly regret the disappointment this will cause to those who were looking forward to an evening where their exceptional service to our island community would have been publicly recognised.”