LIVE FEEDBACK: The UK live music industry has welcomed the government’s announcement to lift all restrictions related to Covid. From July 19, there will no longer be capacity limits related to Covid for live events, with social distancing measures and mask wearing to be enforced at the discretion of venues and event organizers.
In a statement, the Music Venue Trust (MVT) said the news was “good news for millions of music fans, for artists, teams, venues and local communities who have been deprived of live music and working for so long “.
The MVT said its goal now is to ensure the safe reopening of UK sites, regardless of any Covid restrictions that may be in place, as cases continue to rise in the UK as the Delta variant the most contagious becomes established.
âWe have worked alongside the grassroots concert hall industry throughout this crisis to identify methods by which we can achieve this, regardless of government guidelines, limitations or restrictions. The keyword for us and the industry throughout these long, difficult months has been ‘safe’.
But industry bodies such as LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) have warned the government, urging the government to support a program to ensure that music festivals and events Live can get insurance coverage in the event of cancellation. .
More than half of the UK’s summer festivals have been canceled, and event planners and live music professionals fear more restrictions will further disrupt an industrial sector which contributes $ 4.6 billion dollars to the UK economy and lost 85% of its income in 2020.
LIVE said the commercial insurance industry had “failed” the live music industry on Covid cancellations, and said government intervention was necessary to ensure the security and stability of the industry .
“Government ministers have repeatedly stated that a program will be announced once legal barriers to full performance have been removed,” Greg Parmley, CEO of LIVE said in a statement. âWell, we are now almost at this point and there must be no further delays if we are to reap the rewards from the superb rollout of the vaccine. ”
Paul Reed, CEO of the Association for Independent Festivals, said a government-backed insurance plan was vital. âInsurance remains the main obstacle to planning with confidence and there is no reason not to implement such a program if the government’s roadmap is truly irreversible,â he said, adding that guidelines must be provided by July 12 for procedures for testing, tracing and isolating personnel working at festivals.
You can read the full statement LIVE on the government announcement here.