Merritt’s Bass Coast Festival postponed until next year – Kamloops News
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With large gatherings discouraged or restricted across the province, Merritt’s Bass Coast Festival has been postponed until July 2021.
The music festival’s co-founders announced the decision online Wednesday, following provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry’s announcement late last week regarding large gatherings this summer.
“We expected this announcement, but it does not mitigate its impact,” said co-founder Andrea Graham in a statement. âA decision of this magnitude impacts a larger community of people already deeply affected by COVID-19. “
For Bass Coast, which operates without corporate sponsors, there are additional financial issues to contend with.
âBass Coast has always had a no-refund policy; however, we understand that these are extenuating circumstances, âGraham explains. “We will reimburse all volunteer deposits, vehicle passes, reserved campsites, bell tents, cabins and pre-ordered t-shirts.”
Tickets will not be refunded; instead, they will be assigned to one of the next four expected Bass Coast festivals. Graham says it’s to “secure the future of the event,” since organizers had already started planning for the 2020 festival and incurred costs.