“Today is truly devastating for the live events supply chain. After 15 months with all but no work and inadequate financial support from the Government, this industry is on its knees.
The Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) has shown live events can go ahead safely, and the sector is ready to put the findings into action, but with audience restrictions remaining in place they are financially unviable. Because the Government has failed to prepare, we remain banned from earning a living, banned from rebuilding our sector, and banned from offering the live events people so desperately want and need. This cannot carry on.”
Today’s announcements of a delay in the road map is devastating news for the country as a whole and crippling for the live events sector represented by the #WeMakeEvents campaign.
Whilst we recognise that the Government has to act to control the virus, we hope it will also recognise it has to act to safeguard the livelihoods of those most affected by the delays to re-opening.
The hardship and uncertainty that we have had endured for 15 months has been bad enough but this latest delay signals the worst-case scenario for so many.
We were first to have to stop work and were always going to be the last to start work again, but with this set back, it is likely that we will lose the whole summer and early Autumn schedule of events leading to financial ruin for businesses and individuals.
The whole sector has been forced deep into debt to survive this far and #WeMakeEvents fears that, for many, this will be the end of the road.
We desperately need Government to recognise these issues and deliver rapid sector specific support to save jobs and livelihoods. Without this, individuals will lose their livelihoods, businesses will fail; what Government support that has been received by some will have been wasted. On top of that the CIBLS and BBL debts the industry has been forced to resort to, will fall on the government to underwrite, costing far more than would be required to provide the support the industry needs to survive this extra delay.
For the live events supply chain this crisis has just got disproportionally worse.