Sadly, it is a certainty now: The “Event am Meer” will not take place on 5th of September 2020.
For a long time, we as the Orga-Team gave everything to have a third Mega-Event in Bremerhaven in 2020 with the usual welcoming atmosphere.
Early in June, the government chose to forbid big events at least until end of October 2020 to minimize the spreading of COVID-19. With the collaboration of the health department and the public order office of the state of Bremen we discussed possible concepts and scenarios for the “Event am Meer”, but it turned out, that our Mega-Event will not get an event approval in September under the current.
Even with the “Event am Meer” taking place in the open air, we as organizers still have to guarantee that all of the many regulations for the containment of Covid-19 are met. This means: If someone doesn’t want to use hand desinfection, keep a distance or wear a mask, we are liable and have to pay high panelties. Since we currently expect > 2,000 participants, extensive additional security measures are needed. As a free admission event, we can’t provide those.
Additionally, the “Event am Meer” attracts geocache from all over Germany and Europe. With regards to the pandemic containment, this is problematic, too.
Furthermore, there are requirements for contact tracking and since the event will take on an open space without any fencing, the required complete registration and administration of all participants is nearly impossible.
By the way, these event guidelines also applay to all geocaches around the event area. This means, that possible groups of more then two household at a geocache have to adhere all hygiene measures like masks and distance – from experience this is not possible within the context of a Mega-Event.
And for some people it might be the worst limitation – our legendary pirate bounding castle would also fall victim to the guidelines.
What will come next?
Internally, the orga-team discusses with our event partners and Groundspeak what will happen to the “Event am Meer” in 2021. We will inform you as soon as we found a date for next year.
All information on the processing of the orders from the “Event am Meer”-Online-Shop you can find here: „Event am Meer“ Online-Shop Abwicklung.
We are very sad, that we have to postopone our Mega-Event a second time. This decission was not easy for us, but there was nothing we could do. We hope for your understanding.
Even without the Mega-Event there is much to see and cache around Bremerhaven. If you booked your vacation to the north sea coast, you can find many different geocaches and at least seven Lab Adventures which you can use to discover and enjoy Bremerhaven with a save distance.
Best regards and stay healthy,
your “Event am Meer”-Orga-Team