The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) has raised a number of questions following the Government’s publication of a roadmap to release England from lockdown measures.

Ministers within Westminster would like urgent clarification of pilot events and a guarantee of a Government-backed insurance scheme. Furthermore, the APPG has also questioned the Government’s ability to host the G7 Summit in Cornwall, a large event, on June 11, as large business events cannot go ahead until June 21, at the earliest, if Government follows its own roadmap rules.

In a statement, the APPG for Events – led by Theresa Villiers MP – welcomed the publication of a roadmap but required further clarification from the DCMS and Treasury.

The statement said: “ While the plan to launch another series of pilot events, using testing measures as part of the new Events Research Programme, could help speed up the return of live events of all kinds, given these are not currently scheduled to take place until April, we would request Government bring forward the dates of these, as any further delay in re-opening would be devastating for the sector.”

The statement continued: “As we have previously advocated, the introduction of a Government-backed insurance scheme, as has been initiated by several other countries, would provide increased confidence and security to allow live events to return safely and viably. We therefore urge the Government to implement this as quickly as possible.

“Given the three-day G7 Summit is due to take place in Cornwall from June 11 2021, how does the Government plan to manage this, given the planned restrictions on large business events are not due to be fully lifted until June 21 2021.

“ While we again welcome the Prime Minister’s statement and plan for recovery, it is vital that the Chancellor gives full consideration in his forthcoming budget for further tailored support to the events sector, until such time as it is permitted to fully open and return to its pre pandemic operating levels.

“The events sector urgently needs additional clarity on reopening and critical targeted financial support from the Government to ensure that events of all kinds can resume safely, that this vital £80 billion world class industry is protected and that events can continue to support the economic recovery that our country so desperately needs, and we look forward to working in partnership with the Government, and the wider events sector, in achieving our shared objectives.”

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