COVID-19 petition will be debated by UK Parliament after hitting 100,000 signatures

Petition asks for the government to provide financial assistance to events businesses suffering from cancellations.

A petition for the UK government to provide economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000 signatures, meaning that it will be debated in Parliament.

The petition was launched by Matthew Rakowski-Goreta and has reached this milestone in just a few days.

It asks for the government to provide support to business and individuals struggling as a result of event cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus.

The petition says: “The industry is worth more than £14 billion to the economy, with 25,000 businesses supporting over 500,000 employees—all of whom are nervous about whether their next event will go ahead or not, and how their income may be affected.”

Last week industry leaders complained that the 2020 Budget didn't take into account the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on larger businesses, with financial support only offered to those worth less than £51,000.

Meanwhile, The European Commission has just approved a €12 million state aid programme put forward by Denmark, to compensate damages caused by event cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can sign the petition here.

Worried about how coronavirus might affect you and the events you’re involved in? Join the C&IT Breakfast Briefing on 22 April.

For more features and breaking news sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in

Trio of agencies to run events at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Trio of agencies to run events at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

DRPG, TBA and Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces among the companies running creative services for the international event.

Event planners need to rethink how they pitch for business

Event planners need to rethink how they pitch for business

Organisers have found new ways to engage with clients and keep in regular contact when events aren't taking place.

Fairmont posts funny videos of staff in empty hotels

Fairmont posts funny videos of staff in empty hotels

Two Canadian Fairmont hotels have found a creative outlet for talented staff members during the lockdown.

LIVE UPDATES: Spain to welcome overseas visitors from 1 July

LIVE UPDATES: Spain to welcome overseas visitors from 1 July

Find out which countries are on partial or national lockdown, what travel restrictions are in place and what size gatherings are allowed.

BVEP elects new chairperson

BVEP elects new chairperson

The Business Visits & Events Partnership has also set up a new executive committee to advocate for the industry.

'The industry needs strong leadership on sustainable change'

'The industry needs strong leadership on sustainable change'

Getting back to business as usual is no longer an option, says Selina Donald, founder of The Bulb.

Why online conferences are great for introverts

Why online conferences are great for introverts

The switch to digital events has been a bonus for less outgoing types, says founder of SaaStock.

One week to enter the C&IT Awards Americas

One week to enter the C&IT Awards Americas

As C&IT expands its reach globally, we've launched the C&IT Awards Americas to recognise the best in US events.

Drive-in cinemas could have a starring role in the return to live experiences

Drive-in cinemas could have a starring role in the return to live experiences

A socially distanced return to live events could see people being entertained from the comfort of their cars.

‘I’ve been mourning my old life’

‘I’ve been mourning my old life’

Event planner and founder of The Professional Retreat reflects on how being furloughed and in lockdown has changed her world view.