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Coronavirus has changed the way that we do everyday life. One minute we were in the office and the next we are sat at our make shift office (also known as the kitchen table) reading emails and munching on anything we can find in our cupboards. At MakerFest, we have set up a designated communication channel so we can communicate with our team and work out the best way to resume in the future. Although we are all a while away from running events & workshops, we are confident that we will be in the best position to return as soon as it is safe to do so.

National lockdown: Stay at home

National restrictions across England are now in place. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Our events remain suspended. 

Last updated: 25/01/2021

York MakerFest 2021: Update

With great regret, we must cancel our York MakerFest 2021 event, which is a huge blow to the organisation and not a decision we’d take lightly. This is due to the uncertainty around Coronavirus restrictions that mean planning an event with external volunteers is extremely challenging, and with the new variant, it’s harder to promise the event. We plan to return in 2022. [Full statement]

What to expect when we return

Here are some measures we will be putting in place to start a safe return when we’re allowed:

Ticketed events

All MakerFest’s will continue to be ticketed only. This will support Track & Trace if needed and allow a safe number of attendees.

Sanitising stations

At our events & workshops, we ask you to please use the hand sanitiser bottles that are around the venue.

Keep your distance

Social distancing has never been so important, please follow the tape system on the floor and keep your distance at all times.

Frequent cleaning

Our team are frequently cleaning surfaces to keep everyone safe and we are keeping windows and doors open to help ventilation.

Face coverings

Face coverings have now been made mandatory in many settings. We ask that you were a disposable or reusable face covering.

Team safety

We’re providing our team with visors, masks and asking them to use hand sanitiser to help keep them safe during these difficult times.


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