DELTA sees off more 2021 Festivals
AFO'S RESPONSE TO THE LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER:
14th June has been carved in the AFO diary as the day our PM would release us to get on with the remaining festival season.
The Delta variant is clearly causing some havoc in several parts of the UK, so this delay in opening up has been on the cards for a while and has now been officially declared.
“Waiting a further 4 weeks will see off a considerable number of small and medium festivals” said Steve Heap, Gen. Sec of AFO. “whilst understanding the need for care and caution I really do not see how major Ffootball ,larger pubs, tennis and other sporting events are seen as safe when as of today a festival of only a few thousands is not. Musicians, technical staff, organisers and supply companies will now have to struggle through another month with little or no support and then be expected to pop back into full time work as though nothing had happened. More jobs will be lost, skilled staff will have to find work elsewhere and our festival industry is going to take some years to recover.”
Government backed Insurance would be helpful just now but as of today they show no sign of supporting us.
The good news is that some festivals will be going ahead using step 3 rules and social distancing guidelines. We wish them every success and hope our resilient industry can get back to it next year.
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