The 2020 Home Care Awards, which were due to take place in Birmingham this afternoon, have been postponed.
The news follows advice from the Prime Minister and medical advisors last night to avoid “non-essential travel” and social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Stratford Projects, the organiser behind the awards, said it will make arrangements to re-stage the event “as quickly as circumstances allow”.
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson added: “It was with very heavy hearts that the decision was taken to postpone the Home Care Awards, following the advice contained in the words of the Prime Minister and the senior medical and scientific advisors at 5pm yesterday. To have continued with the event would have seemed irresponsible in the light of that advice.
“The decision to postpone, however, takes nothing away from the achievements of the gold award and category award winners and high commendations.
“We will be sending out personal copies of the winners’ supplement together with the winner or high commendation trophies, as appropriate, and trophy recipients are encouraged to send photos of themselves with their trophies to Helen Warrilow so we can upload them to the website.”
The news follows the postponement of the Home Care Expo, which was due to take place alongside the Home Care Awards. This event has now been pushed back to November 9-10.