This year’s summer solstice parties in Stonehenge have been officially canceled due to the corona virus, but are being streamed live instead.
More than 10,000 people usually gathered at the monument around June 21 to celebrate the occasion – otherwise known as midsummer.
But English Heritage has made the decision to end the event at its historic location near Amesbury, Wilts. In 2020 due to COVID-19.
The summer solstice is one of the few occasions when the charity opens the stones to the public.
Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge, told the BBC: “We have consulted extensively on whether we could have continued safely and would have liked to host the event as usual.
“But unfortunately we ultimately feel that we have no choice but to cancel.
“We hope our livestream provides an alternative opportunity for people from far and wide to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”
English Heritage added that it consulted the emergency services, the druid and the pagan community before making the decision.