BVEP calls on Health Secretary Sajid Javid to support the event industry
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has written to the new health secretary, Sajid Javid, asking for his collaboration in rebuilding the events industry.
The letter arrives the day after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a final decision on the activation of stage 4 on July 19 would be done on July 12.
BVEP President Simon Hughes said: âWhile we welcome the news announced by the Prime Minister yesterday that all legal restrictions should be lifted on July 19, we continue to engage with the government at all times. levels to push for additional targeted support, the introduction of more measures to foster a long-term sustainable recovery and, most importantly, a binding assurance that the industry will not face further restrictions on its ability to operate, both locally and nationally, due to a further increase in the number levels.
âOn this essential point, we wrote today to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs, asking his department to work in collaboration with the sector, to ensure that events of all kinds, and the industry as a whole, can function safely and fully in the future.
Letter to Minister
In the letter to Minister Javid, Hughes noted: ‘We have identified the critical role UK public health officials will play as we start to start organizing events again, not only here in the UK but abroad. For many of them this will be the first time they have had to work with event planners, promoters and producers and we are already seeing signs of the lack of understanding and the resulting tension as we plan a safe and secure return. “
The letter read: âWe believe that as an industry we are fit, safe and competent to operate – in fact more secure than many other business environments that have been around for some time. The expertise that we have in risk assessment for events is part of our DNA, which is why we are prepared, if necessary, to open with certain restrictions and protocols in place. “