Coronavirus updates don’t seem to end and have disrupted the travel and tourism sector like never before. This pandemic continues to threaten nations across the globe with world leaders imposing severe restrictions on public gatherings. Proactive governments, celebrities, and organizers have been actively discouraging public gatherings by cancelling or rescheduling events.
So, if you are worried about your tickets to the Six Nations Rugby matches or any other event that has been cancelled or rescheduled, then here’s all that you need to know about claiming a refund. In fact, we’ll also try to cover up whether or not you can claim refunds for other reservations such as your accommodation and air tickets, which you may have already paid for.
Can the Government cancel events and shows in the UK?
Governments all over the world, including the UK reserve the right to make decisions to protect the best interests of its citizens and issue coronavirus updates in this regard. A similar power is vested on the Government of UK, which reserves the right and the power to cancel or regulate public gatherings during this tough phase. The Government of UK has been prepared to tackle such situations and have an action plan ready to deal with the COVID 19 or the Coronavirus outbreak. So, the answer is in affirmative — The government may order for the cancellation or rescheduling of events that haven’t been called off until now.
Coronavirus Updates on Major Sporting Events
Sporting events all over the world have been interrupted due to the COVID 19 outbreak with countries taking strict measures to contain the virus. China, the worst-hit coronavirus victim in the world has postponed Chinese Grand Prix, which was earlier scheduled to be held on 19 th April 2020. In the meantime, Bahrain has decided to keep the Bahrain Grand Prix shut for fans amid Coronavirus concerns.
Several football and rugby matches scheduled to be held in March and April were ordered to be closed for public or rescheduled. In a recent move, Italy has ordered all sporting events to be held without the fans. Likewise, Spain has also put the ‘La Liga’ and the Barcelona vs. Napoli matches behind closed doors, which means that the only way fans can catch up on the game is through their television sets.
Also, Six Nations’ Rugby matches between Ireland and Italy orEngland and Italy, that were scheduled to take place in March 2020 have all been indefinitely postponed as Italy is the worst-hit victim in Europe with over 3,000 Coronavirus cases. Other major events that have been rescheduled in Italy due to the Coronavirus outbreak include Formula E’s Rome Grand Prix, Women’s qualifying rounds for water polo, and several cycling events.
Can I get a ticket refund for an event cancelled due to coronavirus?
If a sporting event that you previously planned to attend has been cancelled or rescheduled to an inconvenient date, then you are probably wondering how to claim a refund. For those who bought tickets from eauthorized sellers, this is going to be much easier. In this case, you are most likely to get a refund for all cancellations made by the organizers. If you haven’t already got them, try to request the same through an email.
However, if you bought them from a reseller, then you would have a lesser chance of getting a refund but can still raise a solid claim. We recommend that you email them for a refund instead of calling them and enquiring about it. We stress on written communication as this helps gather evidence, which helps in case you are forced to claim your refund through the legal route, under consumer laws.
Can I get a ticket refund for a Concert or Carnival?
Speaking about music and cultural events, claiming refunds can be a wee bit tricky. If it is a single- performer event and the organizer calls it off, then your chances of getting a refund are higher. On the other hand, if you have a ticket to a cultural event or a carnival involving several performers, then things get a little difficult. Unless all the performers and the main organizers call it off, you may not get a refund.
Should I accept refunds if an Event isn’t cancelled?
The coronavirus is a deadly pandemic that is highly contagious and still a mystery amongst medical practitioners. Therefore, uncertainty prevails while the medical community is busy exploring cures for this pandemic. Moreover, while most governments are planning containment measures, it is best to avoid public gatherings.
So, if you had booked your tickets for an event or made other bookings such as flights and accommodation, and qualify for a refund, we suggest that you take it. Currently, eAirbnb has made reservations and cancellations more flexible, and others are likely to follow the suit. Also, you can expect more changes and restrictions to be imposed on public gatherings in the near future unless a cure is found. The COVID 19 or the coronavirus is a deadly virus that has a window period, during which the symptoms may not be clear, but it continues to remain highly contagious.
From the Olympics to local political gatherings, the Coronavirus has influenced every public gathering and you may expect this to continue for a while. With so much confusion about this pandemic, it is recommended that you support the Government’s initiatives to contain coronavirus, by cancelling your travel plans. Instead, in this coronavirus update, Small World urges its customers to shift their focus on minimizing losses by claiming refunds on cancellable flights and accommodations.