The annual New Year Festival 2020-2021, has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Dublin City Council and their event partners, has cancelled the event this year because of new public guidelines issued as part of the Government’s current Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan.
110,000 people took part in NYF last year with 80,000 attendees at the fireworks display.
In its statement, Failte Ireland stated that given the numbers from last year, “it is clear that the event would not fall within Government and public health guidance.”
The hospitality and tourism industry has suffered huge losses because of the pandemic and with the current Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan, it has become extremely difficult for the industry to “survive and recover in the months ahead.”
In order to support and revive the industry, 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 coordinated and sustained collective response to the crisis.”
According to the statement, the 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.”
The Irish Hotels’ Federation President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane was quoted saying, “It is now ‘make or break’ time. Urgent and unprecedented intervention from the Government is required to support tourism businesses and safeguard thousands of jobs throughout the sector.”