I think it’s safe to say that 2020 and 2021 were not the best with on again, off again global lockdowns and restrictions being placed on us. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and even with the new Omicron Variant, now is not the time to cancel events.

Why events matter even more in a post-pandemic world

COVID-19 has transformed our world and how we live, with lots of events being cancelled or having restrictions placed on them. It is therefore more important than ever before that we get back to normal and look forward to all the fantastic events the UK and the rest of the world has to offer.

Even our very own Health Minister, Sajid Javid is backing Christmas Parties and Events to still go ahead.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning (1st December 2021), Sajid Javid said: “I don’t think people need to change their plans.”

“We should always be a bit cautious. It might be a bit sensible depending on the type of event you are going to and the setting to take an LFT test before you go but this is guidance that is already out there.”

Javid also spoke about the new rules requiring people to wear facemasks in shops, theatres, cinemas and some other settings could be relaxed sooner than the review planned by the government on the 21st December.

Speaking on Sky News Javid said: “It might take longer than three weeks it might be sooner. We are confident that maybe within two weeks we will know a lot more about this. We might not even need to wait three weeks. I think in a couple of weeks we will know a lot more about this variant.”

The future of festivals and cultural events

Festival and major event organisers are determined to make a bigger comeback in 2022 and show that it is possible to put on an event and celebrate safely.

Whilst there is a definite need to slow the spread of Coronavirus down once more, it is also hugely important that we try to continue with our lives as normally as we possibly can.

That includes going to events, Christmas parties, the theatre, music gigs, sporting events and festivals.

Now is not the time to cancel or change any plans. Just be sensible and take a lateral flow test (LFT) before any social event, wear a mask where possible and use common sense.

We are social animals and we need opportunities to celebrate with each other, whether that is at a works Christmas party, a football match, at our friends and families homes or at a music gig or festival.

Let’s make 2022 a great year!

There are so many major events coming up in 2022 and I for one cannot contain my excitement. We have the Rugby World Cup, the football World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

Music festivals like Glastonbury are expected to return with a bang and let’s not forget the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which means a 4 day weekend for most of us.

All in all, it’s looking like a pretty great year ahead. Let’s make 2022 one of the best ever!