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Industry reacts to Government’s events reopening timeline

Following the prime minister’s announcement in the House of Commons today, 22 February, that major live events will not be able to return until 17 May, and it will be at least 21 June before full capacity shows can resume, the events industry has called on the Government to support impacted businesses and individuals during the downtime.

“While it is good to get some clarity following almost a year of confusion, as predicted our £4.5 billion industry is at the back of the queue to reopen,” said Greg Parmley, CEO of the recently launched LIVE organisation ­– a federation of more than a dozen live music industry associations including the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Association of Festival Organisers, Concert Promoters Association, National Arenas Association and Production Services Association.

“We need the Government to commit urgently to an extension of the 5% VAT rate on ticket sales and employment support that reaches all those unable to work due to the restrictions,” continued Parmley. “To reopen, the sector needs a Government-backed insurance scheme to allow shows to go ahead when it’s safe to do so, and with venues shuttered across the UK, an extension of business rates relief would be both fair and necessary.”

Read the news article here:
https://accessaa.co.uk/industry-reacts-to-governments-events-reopening-timeline/

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 22nd Feb 2021 16:56:00

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