Emerging into the Light

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Event AssocOver the past few years, event planners have had to deliver their service using innovation and imagination. We’re of course talking about the effects of the pandemic, which has changed many aspects of our daily lives. Luckily, people in general are pretty adaptable when it comes to enforced transitions with regular schedules etc. In-person events are gradually returning, much to the relief of many. Progress has been slow and faltering, with the arrival of the Omicron variant just when we thought it was safe to come out. The appearance of this new variant prompted the vaccination program to accelerate in earnest.

Over 37 million booster vaccinations have been administered so far in the UK, although we still need to proceed with caution! There are continuing efforts to get things back on track with Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing financial support packages. Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, who have been impacted further by the Omicron variant will benefit from this. Restaurants and pubs are among businesses who can apply for grants of up to £6,000 for each of their premises.

Industry bodies campaigned for months, and succeeded in getting the UK government’s £750 million insurance scheme to begin. This helps event creators with costs incurred where an event has to be postponed or cancelled due to government restrictions. The insurance doesn’t cover things like lower ticket demand, venue capacity or self isolation issues though. This scheme runs until 30 September 2022.

Restrictions are continuing to ease throughout the UK, and although face masks are no longer mandatory, common sense is key. It’s still advisable to wear a face covering where there are crowds of people. Specialists like the team at Event Associates are raring to go, with concert, conference and exhibition organisation. They have been extremely busy over the various lockdowns, delivering virtual seminars and webinars, which have gone down really well! Find out more here.

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