As Covid-19 cases soar and restrictions are imposed on vast areas of the country, the Kennel Club “has been discussing the holding of Crufts 2021″, which is set to take place from 11 – 14 March at the NEC Birmingham.
In March 2020, the Kennel Club received some criticism for holding the international event as the virus spread across the globe. Several major sponsors – including Royal Canin UK, James Wellbeloved, GWF Nutrition Ltd, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and The Association of Pet Dog Trainers – took the decision not to attend Crufts 2020 over Coronavirus concerns.
A statement by GWF Nutrition said, “This regrettable decision has not been made lightly and the company is devastated to miss the most important event in its promotional calendar. However, due to the international nature of the show the concerns, health and wellbeing of its staff must be paramount.”
The most important aspect will be the safety of all those who attend and any possible negative impact that holding the event may have.
The show did go on, however, with “enhanced measures” to protect attendees – and the Kennel Club is planning to hold the event again in 2021.
“The Kennel Club Board would like to reassure competitors, exhibitors and everyone involved in the dog world that it remains actively committed to holding the show next year,” a statement reads. “In particular, the Crufts team have been looking at different options for how Crufts 2021 might look.
“However, the most important aspect will be the safety of all those who attend and any possible negative impact that holding the event may have.”
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, added, “The Crufts Committee and events team have been liaising with the NEC and others to discuss how to make it possible to hold Crufts safely next year, ensuring that there is minimal risk of the transmission of Covid-19 and assuming indoor events will be able to take place.
“It is inevitable that Crufts won’t be quite the same as usual due to the pandemic and that the requirement to follow current government guidelines will have an impact on hall capacities and other logistical issues. As such it will be necessary to make some alterations to the show to enable it to take place, as with any large event in this current climate. We hope to provide more information on this when we can.
“However within this continually changing climate, further details including the qualification, may not be released until later this year and we ask for your patience in these unprecedented times.”
For up to date information on Crufts, visit www.crufts.org.uk.