Brighton & Hove and Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris has joined Pride, Brighton & Hove City Council and police and asked people not to gather in large numbers at unofficial events for Brighton Pride this weekend. The hugely popular LGBTQ event has been cancelled this year and moved entirely online due to the Coronavirus, but is expected to make a triumphant return in 2021.
Still keen to celebrate, Pride organisers have turned the annual LGBTQ+ event into a three-day purely digital festival, called We Are FABULOSO! which will be streamed live from a purpose-built studio in Brighton.  “Celebrate Pride safely and stay at home this year and watch the event online with family and friends,” said Harris. “There is a great line-up this year, including never before broadcast archive footage from Nile Rogers & Chic, Fatboy Slim, Years & Years and the House Gospel Choir, as well as cabaret, comedy and politics.

“If you are travelling around the city next weekend, please be aware it is likely there will be queues for public transport and possible delays to your journey. You may not be able to board the bus you want. Even though our bus services are running at 85% of pre-Covid levels, they have only 50% of their usual seating capacity, so we can continue to enforce government rules on social distancing.”

Mr Harris also reminded passengers that they must wear a face covering on public transport, unless they are exempt. Exemptions include disabled people, children under 11 and people with certain health conditions.

For the latest timetable information and advice on safer travel on our buses: www.buses.co.uk/coronavirus

You can watch Pride online from Fri31 July to Sun 2 Aug 2020, hosted by comedian Zoe Lyons and broadcaster Stephen Bailey. Click here to subscribe.

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