Covid-19 risk factors to consider as larger events open back up

Covid-19 risk factors to consider as larger events open back up

There’s no denying there’s a palpable feeling of excitement in the air as we see events opening up across the USA, UK, and other parts of the world. After months of lockdown, postponements and cancellations, event organisers and attendees alike are counting down the seconds until they can enjoy the larger gatherings they once took for granted. But, of course, the events industry is reopening its doors with caution – no one wants to be the one contributing to a new serious wave of the virus.

With this in mind, we’ve popped together a list of the latest risk factors to be aware of if you’re moving into larger-event territory soon.

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5 amazing events to celebrate England’s next lockdown-lifting milestone

5 amazing events to celebrate England’s next lockdown-lifting milestone

Watching scenes of New Zealand and Aus has been pretty surreal for anyone living in a locked-down state these past few months. Anyone who’s got a friend on the ‘other side of the pond’ has undoubtedly gaped upon said friend’s Insta account (people hugging?! Festivals in full swing?!) with an amazement akin to getting a glimpse into some parallel universe. So it is with very bated breath that those residing in England await the highly-anticipated 17th May lockdown-easing milestone.

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5 easy things you can do to support music venues & nightlife

5 easy things you can do to support music venues & nightlife

We are all well aware by now of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on music and nightlife industries around the world. In a crisis where cutting out human contact has been one of the main lines of defence, the effervescent world of live music has been caught in the crossfire in the most impossible way.

Almost a year on from the first venue closures, the calls-to-action to save our nightlife and music venues are – quite rightly – getting louder and more urgent by the day. In both the UK and US, we’re seeing strident efforts to raise awareness of the need for intervention now if we want to prevent our favourite cities from turning into “ghost towns” (as warned by one UK MP).

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How New Zealand’s festival and music scene is thriving amidst a global pandemic

How New Zealand’s festival and music scene is thriving amidst a global pandemic

As much of Europe and the US continue to navigate life in lockdown, internet-searching festival scenes in New Zealand is a bit like getting a glimpse into a glorious parallel universe (for those who don’t live there, at least). Thanks to extremely low Covid rates, the nation has been enjoying a festival season in full-swing for some time now; one where social distancing isn’t necessary.

While it’s impossible to tell what the coming weeks and months might hold for New Zealand Covid-wise, the scenes of positivity within its borders give precious hope to those currently locked down – hope of life returned back to ‘normal’.

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What’s the likelihood of festivals going ahead this summer?

What’s the likelihood of festivals going ahead this summer?

Festivals form an integral part of the music and arts scene – not to mention the health of the economy – for many countries around the globe. Attracting tourists, generating employment, and providing an expressive place for people to gather and celebrate culture are just some of the benefits to be felt from this treasured industry.

For all these reasons and more, the question on everyone’s lips as we roll into 2021 is whether or not we’re going to see another swathe of Covid-induced cancellations this summer.

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Local Covid restrictions explained: What does the new Covid tier system mean for events in England?

England has been waiting with bated breath to discover what’s going to happen when the current national lockdown ends on 2nd December 2020. Finally, we have some answers – Boris Johnson announced on 24th November that the country will be returning to a three-tiered system of Covid restrictions until next spring.

The new rules have been set out to take us through to March 2021, and are largely the same the pre-November lockdown tier system. But there’ll be some differences – and the Prime Minister has stated that it’s likely more regions will be in the highest tier than before.

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Track and trace advice for UK event organisers

Track and trace advice for UK event organisers

As an event host or venue owner, you’ll undoubtedly be aware of NHS Test and Trace by now. The service, in which the NHS traces those who’ve come into contact with a new Covid-19 patient, now plays a crucial part in our fight against the pandemic. But what exactly does it all mean for you, the event organiser?

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