#WeMakeEvents response to Freedom Day

#WeMakeEvents is pleased to hear this week’s Government announcement regarding stage four of the roadmap on 19th July. The Live Events Sector has been decimated by the pandemic, so to reach this milestone of re-opening ‘without any capacity restrictions’ is very significant progress.

However, it is imperative that the Government maintains the existing support and furthermore provides ongoing sector specific help to ensure we can return safely, practically and responsibly. Even at this stage of re-opening, the sector still faces the risk of cancellation, uncertainty over local authority licensing rules and staff absence due to track and trace isolation rules, so it remains critical that the government delivers:

1. The much called for Covid-19 cancellation insurance

2. Clear guidance to local authorities

3. An urgent review of the timetable for amending the track and trace isolation rules to daily testing and isolation only required when a positive result is recorded.

Without these, confidence for many parts of the sector will remain too low to allow events to happen, which will prolong the suffering and hardship the sector has endured for nearly 18 months.

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