The Federation responds to today’s announcement of the delay to lifting Covid-19 restrictions
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the lifting of restrictions will be delayed until 19 July, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said:
“Today’s announcement that the current Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place until at least 19 July is incredibly disappointing news for the creative industries. Our world-leading museums, theatres, cinemas and live venues have already shown that through their tireless efforts they have been able to open up and provide safe environments for visitors and audiences to enjoy. The planned lifting of capacity limits should have been a significant next step for the sector in rebuilding and its delay will be devastating for many.
Businesses have gone to great expense to put plans in place for beyond 21 June, which will now be postponed or cancelled, once again plunging them into a protracted period of uncertainty. While of course public health should remain the number one priority, this decision by the government serves to further underline why government-backed insurance for audience and footfall reliant businesses is urgently needed.
The impact of further delays will also land incredibly hard on the thousands of creative freelancers still falling through the gaps and unable to access financial support. Many across our sector will have looked towards full reopening as a lifeline following the past year of hardship, and the government must now move to extend and expand support schemes, ensuring continued restrictions will not have irreversible consequences for the creative industries' recovery. The skills and innovation of our creative organisations and practitioners are vital to rebuilding the UK post-pandemic. We are losing creative talent from our industry and we cannot build back better without it.”