Hertford Ball was indefinitely postponed this afternoon due to fears the high-attendance event would spread coronavirus (COVID-19).

Organisers said on their event page on Facebook that: “Due to circumstances that we are all aware of, we have unfortunately had to postpone the Hertford Ball.”

They added that FIXR will be issuing refunds to the ticket owners, but this could take a few weeks. They also said “we are looking at future dates for the ball”.

The Ball, titled Bal de Feu, had been billed as a night of renaissance splendour to be held at the Oxford Town Hall. Attendees were invited to “explore the delights of the French court at the Oxford Town Hall. Wander through the beautiful building, indulge in delicious food and drinks and marvel at the multitude of entertainments and performances fit for royalty.”

Planned offerings at Hertford College Ball

Hertford had secured a number of popular music acts to perform on the night. Headlined by Lethal Bizzle, the lineup also include Haute Mess and ABBA Inferno, an ABBA tribute band.

Tickets sold out in 14 days and were priced at £83 for Hertford members and £89 for general release.

Days ago, the Ball still planned to go ahead but requested that all attendees “bring hand sanitisers, wash their hands regularly, not share cups, and generally adhere to good hygiene protocol.” They had also said that no refunds were available, but have since endeavoured to offer them.

Hertford Ball Executive Committee have been contacted for comment.