At 13.3.20, 1pm, it was announced that Record Store Day 2020 has been postponed to Saturday 20th June 2020.
This decision has been made as a result of the ongoing uncertainties and health issues related to the Covid-19 or Coronavirus pandemic. This comes at a time of numerous music and sporting events being postponed or cancelled:
- All English elite football is suspended until at least 3 April
- Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europe League fixtures
- All but “essential travel” to parts of Spain should be avoided, says the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- The Czech Republic has announced measures to tighten its borders, banning non-essential travel for Czech citizens and residents
- Slovakia is closing its borders to all foreigners except those with a residence permit
- Seven US states are closing some or all of their schools
- Major film releases have also been pushed back and some theatres are closing temporarily
Record Store Day is a worldwide event involving thousands of people and small businesses. A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose key product line is music and whose company is not publicly owned nor a chain of more than 20 shops.
RSD UK statement:
In discussions over the last few weeks, as information came and changed daily, and then hourly, they’ve taken all of them into consideration as we go over various options: Stay the course. Move the date. Change the structure of the event. No one knows what things will look like in any given place in the next five weeks, and decisions for that time period need to be made now, using current facts.