Updated: Sunday, 10th May 2020 at 19:00 PM BST
NHS information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
GOV.UK advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Mind wellbeing advice: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Further to the PM's lockdown update tonight and following extensive discussion with the Tokonatsu team, it is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of Tokonatsu 2020. I know that this will be as disappointing to you as it is to me.
This isn't the news you were hoping to hear nor was it the news I wanted to give you. Although some of the hospitality industry and other public places may reopen in July, this is only a possibility and is contingent on many factors. The health and safety of all staff and attendees is our top priority. Even if everything were in our favour, we have now lost so much time that even if restrictions were lifted we would be unable to provide you with the most amazing Tokonatsu. The Tokonatsu you deserve to have.
The pandemic has affected the world in ways many of us never imagined. Many events have had to postpone or even cancel, and sadly Tokonatsu is not exempt from this.
I’m not letting you go without your annual weekend of fun though. I’m happy to announce that a **Virtual Tokonatsu will commence online on Saturday 1st August. This will initially run for one day only, extending as programming allows. In addition to this, dates have also been secured for next year, running from 29th July - 2nd August 2021.
I know that our attendees are passionate and loyal, and so I call on you for support to make these two events happen. The festival has monthly financial obligations whether it runs or not, normally covered by the sale of tickets each year. Without an event in 2020, it will be difficult for those obligations to be met.
Tokonatsu are honouring all tickets purchased for this year's event for 2021 which is one of the four options we are giving you below:
I hope that you will find at least one option which is suitable for you. However, if you would like to discuss this further or have another way you would like to use your ticket, please get in touch. The above options will remain available as long as possible, but should any restrictions need to be put in place I will announce this with as much notice as possible.
If you’d like to contribute in other ways, I’d love to hear from you. If you have an event, panel, or talk you would like to host online during Virtual Tokonatsu, please get in touch with us.
I apologise for any inconvenience this might cause you, and can't thank you all enough for the support you have given Tokonatsu over the many years. I can promise you that Tokonatsu is not going away, we will still do something on the original dates this year’s festival, and we will return again - stronger than ever before - on the 29th of July till the 2nd of August 2021.
Stay strong, stay safe, and above all, continue to be amazing.
Colin Barker - Myst
Previous Update: Thursday, 16th April 2020 at 11:00 PM BST
The UK Government today announced that country-wide isolation requirements have been extended for a further 3 weeks. Our team has been regularly monitoring and discussing these updates to ensure that Tokonatsu serves the health of each and every one of you.
As of today we do not expect to cancel Tokonatsu. However, the team are currently looking at alternative ways that Tokonatsu can run in 2020 without compromising you, either financially or health-wise. If the format of Tokonatsu 2020 has to change, it will include options for you to decide how you wish to proceed.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure everyone that, while this will be hard for Tokonatsu, this should not affect you individually.
We will keep these updates coming as and when we have them. We are, as always, contactable via email, Facebook, discord, Twitter, and Instagram. If you do have a question, please contact us.
Remember: stay safe, take care of yourselves, and continue to be awesome.
Colin Barker - Myst
Previous Update: Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 10:45 PM GMT
As you are probably now aware, the Prime Minister has enforced isolation of the UK population for at least the next 3 weeks and the possibility of continuing beyond that. This does pose a risk to Tokonatsu running however at this time, the dates are far enough out that we might not be affected. That said, the situation is changing day by day and this could change at any point.
We have asked our volunteers and staff of Tokonatsu to work on plans for alternatives, in case something needs to happen. We are very busy behind the scenes ensuring that both Tokonatsu and any changes can be enacted with the minimum of disruption. However, we are not expecting Tokonatsu to be cancelled at this time.
Whilst we'd like to assure you that this is set in stone, we cannot and plans might change. We are watching, we are listening, and we are taking action based on Government advice and requirements. The safety of everyone is our utmost priority, and we will NOT take any actions that may pose a risk to anyone that wants to attend Tokonatsu. If there is a risk, then we will do what we can to make sure everyone stays safe.
We do appreciate that you all have a lot to think about in your own lives at the moment, and would encourage you to ensure you prioritise looking after yourself, your family, your loved ones and your friends above Tokonatsu.
Thank you for all of your support through this, and all we ask of you is to stay safe. If you have any questions, queries, concerns, please let us know. We are here to listen and to help where we can.
Things will be difficult in the coming weeks, and it may be tough on all of us, but we will get through this! Remember, that we are all here to help each other, and that you are not alone throughout this.
Thank you for listening, and thank you for understanding.
Colin Barker - Myst