After a near 6 week period without live concerts due to the rapid spread of Omicron, the Scottish Government announced that almost all restrictions wiRead More
A statement from the Music Venue Trust.......
The announcements yesterday and today by Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford regarding new restrictions to culture in Scotland and Wales respectively will result in a complete shutdown of grassroots music venues for live events.
Irrespective of what the First Ministers intended, it simply isn’t possible to run economically viable live music events with these types of restrictions. To prevent media and public confusion, we strongly urge the First Ministers to go on the record and say that they understand this is the reality: Live music is now prohibited in Grassroots Music Venues in Scotland and Wales until further notice.
What is required now is absolute clarity on what the conditions, measures and metrics are that will lead the devolved Governments to permit live music events to resume. The grassroots music sector is in agreement with the Governments decisions on public health, and we will act to support those decisions.
In return, all we are asking for is complete clarity and honesty about what will drive subsequent decisions. We cannot, as has happened in every previous lockdown, agree to being kept closed way beyond every other sector for unspecified reasons.
Grassroots music venues have successfully established protocols to open safely within deliverable conditions, not least in the shape of the health certification processes. This range of risk mitigation measures has worked and the sector has delivered safe events.
Grassroots Music Venues need clear conditions under which they will be allowed to reopen using those risk mitigation measures. Music Venue Trust is not requesting a date, we are simply asking that the Devolved Administrations lay out a set of public health conditions that need to be in place which will result in live music events resuming.
If the First Ministers tell us those we can inform venues and they can prepare for how long closure will last. Importantly, those conditions will allow venues to prepare to effectively Revive Live Music when it becomes clear those conditions are likely to be met.
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