Battle of Britain Air Show

IWM reveals event plans for Battle of Britain Air Show in September

The Imperial War Museum has published details of how it intends to deliver the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2020.

The event is scheduled to take place from September 18-20. The event’s organiser has published details of how it believes the 80th anniversary show could go ahead, including special measures to keep staff, volunteers and audience members safe.

An Imperial War Museum statement said: “Customer safety is our priority.

“In these unprecedented times, we’ll continue to adapt and review our response to COVID-19 based on advice from the Government and Public Health England, as well as your valued feedback.

“Currently the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show weekend will go ahead, with some changes to planned attendance numbers.

“To ensure we can reduce numbers but still commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we have created a new Friday day to evening event, Duxford Battle of Britain Proms. We hope this new date will ensure people can be part of an event to remember, whilst prioritising the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers.”

The organiser plans to reduce capacities on September 19 and 20, reduce capacities within the event’s VIP areas, introduce social distancing measures, increase the number of entry/exit points, increase airflow in enclosed spaces, provide staff with PPE, install hygiene stations with hand sanitiser and increase cleaning within areas with high touchpoints.

Members of the public with COVID-19 symptoms are also being asked not to attend.

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