Summer of fun faces ruin if ‘ministers don’t introduce government-backed Covid insurance’


MINISTERS risk ruining Britain’s “summer of fun” if they don’t introduce a government-backed Covid insurance scheme for live events.

Campaigners and MPs are calling for a parachute package to be out in place to help organisers in the event of a Covid outbreak scuppering festivals, gigs or large sporting events.

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MPs and campaigners are calling on ministers to introduce a government-backed Covid insurance scheme for live events such as the Great North Run

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MPs and campaigners are calling on ministers to introduce a government-backed Covid insurance scheme for live events such as the Great North RunCredit: PA

Events like the Great North Run are under threat without the insurance according to the Let LIVE Thrive campaign.

Tory MP Julian Knight said: “It is utterly pointless to spend a king’s ransom on furlough and the culture recovery fund yet not to put the one piece of the jigsaw in place – namely Covid-19 insurance – and scupper what could be a festival and live events season which could lift all our spirits.

“I respectfully say to the Secretary of State and the Chancellor – who is the real roadblock – that we are in danger of having a summer of none rather than a summer of fun.”

The Great North Run’s Chairman, former Olympian Sir Brendan Foster, said: “Insurance is a central aspect of our planning every year.

“Live events need the government to step in, put these structures in place and give us the security we require.”

The parachute package will bail out organisers should a virus outbreak scupper live events

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The parachute package will bail out organisers should a virus outbreak scupper live eventsCredit: PA:Press Association
Tory MP Julian Knight said: 'We are in danger of having a summer of none rather than a summer of fun'

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Tory MP Julian Knight said: ‘We are in danger of having a summer of none rather than a summer of fun’
The Great North Run’s Chairman and former Olympian Sir Brendan Foster added 'Live events need the government to step in'

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The Great North Run’s Chairman and former Olympian Sir Brendan Foster added ‘Live events need the government to step in’Credit: Keith Campbell – The Sun Glasgow

 

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