The city council is very attached to this traditional event and is envisaging a number of scenarios which would allow the show to go on: “We are banking on the epidemic being contained by November,” explains Lyon’s mayor, Grégory Doucet.
The idea would be to move certain installations to parks which are better adapted for presenting works at a distance, creating itineraries, controlling visitor flows and managing public access. This scenario is based on the assumption that the maximum authorised capacity for public events will once again be 5,000 people. The adaptations required to handle the visitor flow during the event would be similar to the procedures already applied at Lyon’s cultural institutions including museums and concert halls.
“This takes into account the delicate balance between staying safe, as we are all responsible for keeping the epidemic in check, and continuing our social life which is all the more important at this time. Depending on the context, we may nevertheless be obliged to postpone the Festival of Lights,” admitted Grégory Doucet.
Une rivière de lumières - Festival of Lights 2019