“Hats off to all of you”
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has shared a special message this afternoon (April 29), thanking all the health and care staff who are working day and night to battle the COVID-19 crises.
Eavis said: “Thank you to all those fabulous people who devote their entire lives caring for the sick and for the dying of this terrible virus. We cannot thank you all enough. Hats off to all of you.”
There’s no #GlastonburyFestival sadly this year but we’re honoured to have this special message of thanks for health and care staff from Glastonbury co-creator Michael Eavis 🎸⛺️🕺🐄@glastonbury #StayHomeSaveLives #bnssgheroes pic.twitter.com/NMkEnlwUWP
— NHS Bristol, N Somerset & S Gloucestershire CCG (@BNSSG_CCG) April 29, 2020
Doing their best to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic – the Festival, headed by Michael and Emily Eavis, donated cotton tote bags to hospitals in need, while also giving away thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks meant for Glastonbury 2020 to frontline emergency services – including Avon and Somerset Police and NHS staff. They also gave away several thousand ponchos which were meant for Glastonbury 2020 and have been repurposed as anti-coronavirus PPE.
Cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Glastonbury 2020 was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – In a message from organisers, announcing Glastonbury 2020’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures announced this week” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.