It is with great regret and sadness that we write to confirm that due to the health crisis linked to Covid-19 and the containment measures decreed by the French government, we have no alternative but to cancel all of our planned events for the 2020 season.
There are too many questions that influence our ability to stage any events:
Would the artists be free to travel across borders without being placed in quarantine for two weeks?
Would we be authorised to hold even very small events? And if we are, how many could we get into the concert hall with social distancing rules in place?
How many Amis du Poujoula would want to sit in a confined space for two hours wearing a face mask with however many people we are allowed to entertain?
With many fewer in the audience (maximum 40 with current rules compared to 140-150 normally) would the concerts still be financially viable?
With all of these questions still unresolved and the likelihood that any gathering of more than ten people will be strictly controlled, we feel compelled to take this action.
We are planning to use some of the money we have already received from our sponsors to make a solidarity payment to the artists. They are all having a particularly difficult time since their concerts have been cancelled for the summer and they are left with no income and little support from the various governments concerned.
If any of you feel you would like to help us with this support for the artists (who we hope will perform for us next year), then any contributions would be gratefully received. You can either send a cheque to the address below, payable to 'Association Les Amis du Poujoula' or make a bank transfer direct to the Association Bank account.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
For and on behalf of L'Association Les Amis du Poujoula