“This is an incredibly positive step in supporting our struggling events industry which has faced continuous uncertainty over the last 18 months."
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
“This is an incredibly positive step in supporting our struggling events industry which has faced continuous uncertainty over the last 18 months. Events are a critical part of our cultural economy, providing thousands of people with jobs, supporting businesses and enhancing the cultural fabric of many communities. The LGA was pleased to add it’s voice to the calls for this scheme.
“Events require significant upfront investment of time, effort and resources and it is vital that we use all the tools at our disposal to help them restart safely. As we continue navigating our recovery from the pandemic it is likely that in a small number of cases, local COVID outbreaks or risks, may require short notice cancellations. In those circumstances, the insurance scheme will provide a lifeline for our events sector. We are pleased that Government has taken action and look forward to providing the necessary support.”