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AIF statement on announcement of Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals

AIF CEO Paul Reed: 'It is positive for festival organisers but doesn't cover cancellations due to social distancing restrictions being reintroduced.'

London, 5th August 2021 A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on the recent announcement of a Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals

“AIF has campaigned for a Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals for over a year, from raising it as a headline issue with the DCMS Select Committee to working with DCMS colleagues and presenting detailed evidence and data to support the case. We are pleased that Government has listened, and we welcome this intervention to address the insurance market failure. It is positive that festival organisers will now have an option for Covid cancellation. The scheme doesn’t, however, cover a festival needing to reduce capacity or cancel due to social distancing restrictions being reintroduced, so it remains imperative that Government continues to work with the sector in areas such as Covid certification to try and avoid such an eventuality and ensure that organisers can plan with increased confidence for 2022.”

AIF

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK's leading non-profit festival trade association. Created to represent and empower independent festivals.