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Indoor And Outdoor Events With Audiences Given Green Light From 2nd December

The Government has issued its Winter Plan, which states that outdoor events such as concerts and sports will be able to accommodate audiences of up to 4,000 in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas when the UK emerges from national lockdown on 2 December.

It said in Tiers 1 and 2, live events can now resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing in place. In Tier 1 the capacity limit will be 50% of a venue’s capacity or 4,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, whichever is lower. In Tier 2 these will be 50% capacity or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, whichever is lower.

In Tier 3 audiences will not be permitted at sports events or live performances unless the events are drive-in.

Speaking to the House of Commons via videolink, 23 November, the prime minister also outlined plans for quicker mass testing, which is hoped will pave the way for those testing negative to return to some semblance of normality.

The move was welcomed by the events industry but both the Concert Promoters Association (CPA) and the Music Venue Trust (MVT) raised concerns regarding the ban on alcohol sales at venues in Tier 2.

Kilimanjaro Live CEO and CPA vice chairman Stuart Galbraith said, “It’s a start, the concept of 1,000 people, or 50% of capacity, is something we can potentially work with. However, in Tier 2 the vast majority of venues will not be able to work if they cannot sell alcohol.”

The MVT said the Government should reconsider its position on the issue of alcohol sales at permitted ticketed events within the new Tier 2 proposals.

It said, “Under these restrictions grassroots music venues are technically permitted to deliver live music events. However, the Government has announced that alcohol will only be able to be consumed if it is accompanied by ‘a substantial meal’.

Music Venue Trust has repeatedly detailed to the Government that income within the grassroots sector derives 65% from wet sales and 35% from ticket sales.”

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 23rd Nov 2020 20:17:00

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