The traditional May Morning ceremony has been cancelled again and will be held online due to pandemic restrictions.

By May 1 it is expected that some lockdown restrictions will have eased, but outdoor gatherings of more than six people, or two households, will remain illegal.

There will be no event at Magdalen Tower this year, and residents and students are being asked to enjoy the celebrations at home.

Instead, people are being encouraged to get involved by using #MayMorning.

Oxford Mail:

The online event will start at 6am the Choir of Magdalen College which will air on their Facebook page with an introduction by the President of Magdalen.

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Thames Valley Police will continue its regular patrols of the city centre and parks to ensure the rules are being upheld.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and the City Centre, said: “While we’re still under restrictions due to the risks of covid the traditional celebrations at Magdalen tower won’t take place, but we can all watch online in better comfort than normal.

"May morning is an Oxford tradition that has survived wars and disease before, and the online event last year gave a new perspective – and better audio – to the age old tradition. Please remember the rules on group gatherings and enjoy a safe and happy May Morning."

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