The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has written to the new health secretary, Sajid Javid, to ask for his collaboration in rebuilding the events industry.
The letter comes the day after prime minister Boris Johnson announced that a final decision on activating Step 4 on 19 July would be made on 12 July.
BVEP’s chair, Simon Hughes, said: “While we welcome the news announced by the Prime Minister yesterday that all legal restrictions are due to be lifted on 19 July, we continue to engage with Government at all levels to push for additional targeted support, the introduction of more measures to aid a long term sustained recovery and, most importantly, a binding assurance that the industry will not face further restrictions on their ability to operate, both on a local and national level, as a result of a further rise in infection levels.
“On this vital point, we have today written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, asking for his department to work collaboratively with the sector, to ensure events of all kinds, and the industry as a whole, can operate safely and fully into the future.”
Letter to minister
In the letter to minister Javid, Hughes noted: “We have identified the critical role that public health officials across the UK will be playing as we begin to return to delivering events, not just here in the UK, but overseas. For many of them this will be the first time they have had to work with event organisers, promoters and producers and we are already seeing indications of the lack of understanding and the resulting strain that this is causing as we plan a safe and secure return.”
The letter went on to read: “We are very confident that as an industry we are fit, safe and competent to operate – in fact more secure than many other business environments which have been open for some considerable time. The expertise we have in risk assessment for events is part of our DNA, which is why we are prepared, if necessary, to open with some restrictions and protocols in place.”
Letter in full