Scotland EPIC - Update Blog June 7 2020
Updated: Jun 12
Monday - The World Health Organisation released there interim guidance of Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19. The document is attached and makes for interesting reading.
On Tuesday, Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at Event Scotland, welcomed over 300 tourism and events businesses from across Scotland to tune in and hear about what the new normal will look like for the events industry. If you missed it, have a look!
We had interesting discussions on Wednesday with the Independent Workers Great Britain https://iwgb.org.uk . Not COVID specific but one of EPICs long term goals, we are looking into the possibility of an Events Industry Union and IWGB are very interested and already in advanced discussions with our colleagues south of the border.
On Thursday, Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic called for the increase of testing in the UK. The Full Capacity Plan is an incentive based scheme that will increase public use of the NHS Trace App and increase the participation rates for population tests. This is about restarting the leisure sector of the economy at full capacity. Working in partnership with the government, a test would allow the public to access the entertainment and leisure sectors e.g. pubs, theatre, gigs and sporting events, creating a personal incentive for the public to be tested and traced. Could this be a genuine alternative to social distancing? Whilst the real detail needs to be added, it is a positive first-step in the right direction.
Things seem to be moving quickly right now and we now know of a few promoters and event organisers who are pushing on with planning events (for when these will be permitted according to ScotGov Roadmap) and that is very encouraging.
First and foremost, everyone should follow all current guidance to minimise the spread of the virus and keep the public safe.
If you are planning to hold an event, feel free to get in touch at email@example.com if you need any help or assistance and we can put your questions or concerns to the relevant authorities or our committee members.