Medway Council has announced April's English Festival and the Rochester Sweeps Festival held usually in May will not go ahead, with social distancing restriction still anticipated while the rollout of the vaccine continues.
It's the second year in a row that the festivals will not be held following their cancellation during the first lockdown.
A statement from the council noted both events would usually attract large crowds of thousands of residents and visitors from outside of Medway, making social distancing almost impossible, adding that there are no plans to reschedule the events.
Future events beyond the end of May 2021 will be kept under review by the council, as the government announces more information about its roadmap for recovery.
Cllr Howard Doe, head of community services at Medway Council said: “I know this will be disappointing news to many, but it’s important we continue to take measures to protect the health and well-being of our residents and staff.
"We are continuing to closely monitor government guidance and review other scheduled events planned for the year ahead.”
'I know this will be disappointing news to many...'
The council is also reminding other potential event organisers to think carefully before going ahead with plans for public gatherings and encouraging them not to jeopardise the wellbeing of the public.
They note event organisers have a legal responsibility to ensure plans are in place to help keep the public safe.
Cllr Doe added: “We know how much everyone is looking forward to getting back to some sense of normality, but we would urge people to take caution to ensure Medway’s case rate does not rocket again.
"If you were thinking about organising or attending a spring event, such as a public Easter egg hunt, then please think again.
"The virus is still living amongst us and even those who have been vaccinated are at risk of spreading it to others.
'If you were thinking about organising or attending a spring event, such as a public Easter egg hunt, then please think again...'
"We are not out of the woods yet and everyone should continue to play their part to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, as well as protect our NHS.”
Medway Council says it is working with Kent Police to offer guidance and advice about government restrictions but will not hesitate to issue fines to those caught breaking them.