Review and future development
This guidance extends until further notice. It sets out both our current advice and guidance for event organisers in helping to handle COVID-19, as we move to a strategic approach to outbreak management based on five levels of protection, providing a more transparent and easily understood framework for managing outbreaks and allowing rapid but proportionate responses to be taken – locally or nationally – using a range of measures and options. This guidance will be updated and reviewed as required in consultation with the sector’s employers and unions.
Our next step is to continue to develop plans to address the wider issues needed to get the industry restarted again. This will happen through monitoring the system of levels of protection which will be regularly reviewed and will be evidence led.
Easing restrictions will not mean returning to how things were before the virus. Physical distancing, improved hand hygiene, and other critical behaviours will be essential in each area to ensure public and workforce confidence. EventScotland is working with the events sector to support sharing of good practice. It is also working to develop case studies and other content to help event organisers see how the guidance can be implemented in practice.
It is for individual businesses in conjunction with trade union or workforce representatives to decide how best to successfully adopt and adapt guidance for their individual circumstances.
There has been an unprecedented package of support announced from both the Scottish and UK Governments to support businesses. This support should help many employers preserve their business, maintain jobs and pay their workers throughout this crisis. Information on this support is available through findbusinesssupport.gov.scot. We urge all businesses to make use of this. In the event of closures for event business all available support measures must be utilised to protect the jobs and incomes of the workforce and supply chain.