Influenced By COVID-19, Scheduled One Month Later than Normal Year
On October 21st, the Mikuni Fireworks Festival executive committee, in Fukui Prefecture’s Sakai City, announced that next year’s festival will take place on September 18th, a change from the usual annual date of August 11th. Along with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) countermeasures, the risk of heatstroke while wearing masks during the summer was taken into consideration, which led to the decision of the festival to take place during mid-September, when the humidity will have decreased.
The Mikuni Fireworks Festival is the largest festival within the Hokuriku region, with over 200 thousand visitors, with next year’s being the 40th occurrence of the event. The festival will take place at the Mikuni Sunset Beach and the Kuzuryu River Boat Park, as it has during previous years. September 19th and 20th are reserved in case the event should be postponed.
In regards to security and transportation, the executive committee office’s city tourism department expressed that, with the fireworks festival taking place after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will become relatively easier to secure staff and vehicles for the festival; adjustments will be made moving forward.
Taking national and prefectural event guidelines into account, well-defined methods of temperature measurements and to avoid the “Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings), as preventative measures against COVID-19, are under consideration. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the festival may be suspended, postponed, or scaled down.
The Mikuni Fireworks Festival for 2020 had been suspended due to scheduling conflict with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, before the announcement of its postponement, which had led to difficulties in securing resources such as security staff and shuttle buses.