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.

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