Coronavirus: Petition for Government to support events industry passes 100,000 signatures

 Coronavirus: Petition for Government to support events industry passes 100,000 signatures

A petition calling on the UK Government to provide financial support to the events industry during the coronavirus outbreak has now collected over 100,000 signatures.

Hosted on the official UK Government petitions website, the petition titled “Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19” could now be discussed in Parliament. All petitions with over 10,000 signatures should receive a response from the Government and any with over 100,000 will be considered for debate.

Coronavirus festival petition screenshot

The petition reads: “For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

“The UK events industry is facing an unprecedented challenge as a result of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and the events that have been cancelled as a result.

“The industry is worth more than £14 billion to the economy, with 25,000 businesses supporting over 500,000 employees—all of whom are nervous about whether their next event will go ahead or not, and how their income may be affected.”

“I’d like the government to provide support to business & individuals struggling at this critical time.”

To sign the petition, click here to visit the Government e-petitions website.

Hideaway Festival and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee are among the events which have already announced their cancellation due to coronavirus. Other events including Glastonbury and Boomtown have moved to reassure fans they are planning as normal while monitoring developments.

Some festivals planned for May, such as Shindig and Bearded Theory, have announced contingency plans to hold the festival in September in the event cancellation becomes required. However, many other events won’t have this option and could face huge financial consequences if forced to cancel.

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