Crufts 2020 is scheduled to take place this week at the NEC in Birmingham. But now people are asking if Crufts has been cancelled, or should be cancelled, amid continued fears about the spread of coronavirus across the UK.
Last week, France banned all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people in an effort to contain the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Currently, there are 191 cases of coronavirus in France, three of which have died.
The French government decided to institute this ban on larger gatherings in the worst-hit areas in order to curb the spread of the deadly infection.
As Crufts is expected to see 26,000 dogs and166,500 dog lovers visit Crufts over the four days from March 5 to March 8, many have raised concerns about the show.
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Globally, more than 90,000 cases have been confirmed in more than 70 countries.
The death toll stands at 3,134 around the world, most of which are from China.
On Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in the UK rose from 39 to 51.
The government has said up to a fifth of the workforce may be off sick during the peak of a coronavirus epidemic in the UK according to its latest plans.
Authorities have said police will be mandated to focus on serious crimes and maintaining public order if the virus spreads.
The military may also provide additional support to emergency services if needed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that it is “highly likely” the UK will see the currently infection spread.
He added that the government was committed to doing “everything possible” to “prepare for all eventualities” and its priority was keeping the country safe.
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In the House of Commons on Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “becoming more likely we will see widespread transmission” of the virus across the UK.
He also advised tackling the rampant spread of the killer infection would be a “national effort”.
He said: “We need everyone to listen to and act on official medical advice.”
As of March 3, the only British death was a man who was infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who died last week.
Will Crufts be cancelled?
Currently, there are no plans to cancel Crufts according to the dog show’s organisers Kennel Club UK.
The Kennel Club UK’s latest statement reads: “Further to the government COBRA meeting held on Monday 2 March, and following further discussion, the Kennel Club can confirm Crufts 2020 is currently going ahead as planned.
“Public Health England has not advised us to cancel the event.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our exhibitors and visitors as usual.
“However, this does remain an evolving situation and we will continue to adhere to the best available advice.”
The Kennel Club UK issued the following advice for any attendees:
Make sure that to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.
Following the COBRA meeting, the government has said it is “important that people go about their business as usual” for the time being.
Staff, exhibitors and visitors are also being encouraged to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ ethos.
Additional signage and bottles of hand sanitiser will be introduced in toilets and the in-hall catering areas, to make it easier for everyone to clean their hands.
Crufts will be supplying a hand sanitiser station at each public and dog exhibitor entrance.
Everyone should familiarise themselves with the UK government advice regarding travel and make individual decisions based on their circumstances, particularly in regard to self-isolation and travel restrictions.
Any individuals who have concerns are advised to seek the advice of their doctor.
Any updates will be issued on the Kennel Club UK’s official social media channels and website, so all those concerned are advised to check these platforms.
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