The news announced on 9 November concerning the Covid vaccine is wonderful and the longer-term future suddenly looks far less bleak, praise God! However, as well as jubilation and celebration in the news there was also expectation management about how quickly life will be able to return to normal. As the government was very careful to state, the vaccine news is positive, but it is very early days. Even if a nationwide vaccination programme starts very shortly this won’t help us in time for summer 2021. Once access to a vaccine starts, we can expect that more people will feel able to attend large events and scheduling them will of course become possible again. But until everyone has access to vaccination, logistical and financial challenges remain, and some events won’t be able to run as normal until 2022. In our case, we’d need access to specialised resources (including medical personnel and local NHS support) and hefty financial investment to be able to navigate those challenges quickly enough to run United as normal in July. The really encouraging news from the Covid vaccine announcement though is that running a hybrid alternative event in July (with a scaled back physical gathering at the showground streaming live into smaller local gatherings at New Wine churches) seems much more likely.
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- Why are you no longer running United A and B as originally launched?
- What about the good news about the Covid vaccine? Won’t that change everything now and make United possible in July?
- Doesn’t this show a lack of faith? Surely God will enable his people to gather at United in 2021?
- What about Sixty One?
- Other festivals are still taking bookings so why is New Wine closing bookings for United A and B?
- Didn’t you learn from having to cancel United in 2020?
- Why did you launch United A and B in the summer only to cancel them now? Surely you knew then it wasn’t possible?
- Why are you making the decision now when the situation will surely have improve by the summer?
- Don’t you have cancellation insurance?
- If New Wine has had to cancel United 2 years in a row now, will you ever be able to hold it again?