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The increasing spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a major impact on LGBTI Pride events across Europe in 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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The increasing spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a major impact on LGBTI Pride events across Europe in 2020. The European Pride Organisers Association is supporting its members by providing resources, sharing guidance, and collating information. EuroPride 2020 itself has been postponed.

EPOA is not a medical authority and doesn’t provide clinical or medical advice. We urge everyone to read and follow the guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and from the national health authority in their own country who will advise on safety at public and major events.

WHO have also published helpful recommendations for those planning mass gathering events, such as Pride.

We recommend that all Pride organisers have contingency plans in place should there be a need to postpone or cancel their event, and also consider the impact that public concern about coronavirus might have on volunteer recruitment, travel and other factors.


COVID19 International Coordination Group

COVID19 is bringing unprecedented challenges for the Pride movement and the international and national Pride networks are working together to ensure a coordinated approach. EPOA and InterPride are leading a COVID19 / Pride International Coordination Group which will meet regularly to discuss the impact of COVID19, how our organisations and members are responding, and what resources and support is needed. The first meeting is scheduled to take place Friday 20 March.

The following organisations have been invited to join the Group: CSD Deutschland, Fierté Canada Pride, UK Pride Organisers Network, and US Association of Prides. All participating organisations will be asked to cascade information and report back to their members and communities.

Please send any enquiries about the Group to cpicg@interpride.org.


Resources

Changes to Pride events

We are maintaining a Google Sheet and Google Map of known changes to LGBTI Pride events around the world. These are embedded below or you can click here to access the sheet and here to access the map. Send information to be included to media@europride.info.



We held a webinar on Monday 9 March together with our colleagues from the international Pride network, InterPride; you can watch the hour-long webinar here and download the slides here.


Facebook group

We have created a private Facebook group for Pride organisers to discuss responses to Coronavirus / COVID-19, and you can apply to join the group here – but please ensure you answer the membership questions, or your request for membership will be denied.


News coverage

Read our news story on the impact on Pride organisations. The following list of coverage is chronological, with the most recent coverage appearing last.


Resources from our international partners