Guinness Cork Jazz Festival returns this year after being canceled due to Covid-19 in 2020

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THE GUINNESS CORK Jazz Festival returns this year after being canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions last year.

The festival will take place on the bank holiday weekend from October 22 to 25.

The announcement comes after restrictions were relaxed somewhat on the events and entertainment industry earlier this week.

As of Monday, outdoor events and mass gatherings can take place with capacity limits of 75% where customers are all immunized (fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months), or accompanied minors (under 18).

When customers have mixed immunity status, the capacity limit is 50%, subject to protective measures including social distancing between groups and face masks.

Indoor events and mass gatherings are now allowed with 60% capacity limits where clients are all immunized (fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months) or are accompanied minors (less age 18).

Speaking on this year’s Cork Jazz Festival, Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships with Diageo Ireland said: “This will be the first major festival in Ireland since the pandemic to take place, which is a milestone not only for musicians and the event industry which has been one of the hardest hit industries, but also for festival goers who have been waiting for good news.

Cork Mayor Councilor Colm Kelleher said the city was “absolutely delighted to host the festival again”.

“The hugely significant economic impact and the dynamism and energy it brings to Cork City and its surroundings are unprecedented. There is nothing else like it. This is the big news we all wanted to hear, ”he said.

Despite the easing of restrictions earlier this week, this year’s electric picnic was canceled earlier this month after Laois County Council refused to grant a license for the event in early August.

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