In a setback to the event production industry, the Government delayed the return of live indoor performances from 1 August until at least 15 August.
Government optimism around the easing of restrictions for Covid-19 had led to hopes that indoor venues could start to host live events from the beginning of August.
After a rise in Covid-19 cases, this return has now been pushed back. Close-contact settings are to remain closed, and indoor performances are not permitted to resume for the moment. The delay will also apply to bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks. Boris Johnson said: “We simply cannot take the risk.” He had promised to keep looking at the national situation and noted that the country should now “squeeze the brake pedal” to keep the Covid-19 outbreak under control.
The Events Industry Forum said that public events will eventually return, but on a phased basis, as some events can be more flexible than others around social distancing rules. With a few exceptions, it will take at least two months from being given the go-ahead to getting some events going, and for many recovery will take considerably longer. Events will need to undertake a detailed review of emergency and safety plans to assess the new risks from Covid-19.
Staying safe remains a key priority for event organisers and their customers, and although it’s not business as usual just yet, EventApp can help you be prepared. EventApp allows city and local government to move their event permit application processes online – simply, safely and inexpensively – so you’ll be ready once planning for local events returns.
In Kent, they have taken this one step further and used EventApp to unify their SAG groups (Safety Advisory Groups) way of working. Numerous people from multiple agencies are able to log in, view the relevant documents and contact the right people directly. EventApp brings all the varied elements into one place taking care of much of the organisation, co-ordination and safety information between partners.