Covid crowd limits lead to cancellation of New Year’s Eve Festival

by Rachel Darcy

The annual New Year’s Eve Festival has been cancelled by Failte Ireland, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Failte Ireland organise the annual event in the city centre, which sees a live music concert taking place on Custom House Quay and other events, such as a firework show.

The event has been cancelled by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council amid the continual rise of Covid-19 cases in the capital, with DCC and the tourism body saying that it ‘would not be appropriate’ to encourage Dubliners to gather in the city centre in such large crowds.

Under the government’s Living with Covid framework, the number of attendees is capped at 200 for organised outdoor events at Level 1. Last year’s festival attracted over 110,000 people, with the fireworks display alone seeing over 80,000 people attending.

In a statement, Failte Ireland said: “In line with the Government’s current Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan, Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Dublin City Council and their event partners, has taken the decision to cancel the New Year’s Festival (NYF) in Dublin.

“Ireland’s tourism and hospitality sector has suffered significantly as a result of COVID-19, with Dublin in particular facing incredibly difficult challenges in recent weeks.

“Failte Ireland’s focus is now on working with Government, industry bodies and tourism businesses on the ground to support them to survive and recover in the months ahead.

“As part of this, Fáilte Ireland has, in collaboration with local authorities, public bodies and industry, established a Destination Recovery Taskforce in Dublin that brings together tourism stakeholders from across the region to form a co-ordinated and sustained collective response to the crisis.

“The Destination Recovery Taskforce is looking at ways to bring life back into Dublin City in a controlled manner that meets public health guidelines while helping businesses to survive and is exploring opportunities to drive footfall in Dublin during the winter months.”

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