Following the announcement by the UK’s chief medical team, the NHS has confirmed it will retain Harrogate Convention Centre as a Nightingale hospital over the winter months to provide extra capacity in the battle against the rising number of Covid-19 cases.
However, Paula Lorimer, director of Harrogate Convention Centre, has urged the Government to save the events industry, with a view to a post-Nightingale recovery plan.
“We are ready to support the NHS to ensure the Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber is available if needed, and we thank the local community and customers for their understanding as the country continues to battle Covid-19. We have staff on standby to work with health colleagues to bring the facility online when required,” said Lorimer.
She added that a recovery plan, targeted towards the events industry, was essential. She said: “While we remain very proud to support the NHS and the response to Covid-19, it’s also essential that we continue to lobby the Government at every level for a post-Nightingale recovery plan for the venue, the industry, and the Harrogate district.
“We are collaborating with our industry friends and peers at Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO), and the Event Supplier Services Association (ESSA) and call for a time-limited package to save our sector and thousands of jobs.”