A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on the Government’s publication of the Events Research Programme Phase 1 findings

25 Jun 2021

“We welcome the Government finally publishing the findings of the ERP Phase 1 pilot events. Although wide ranging, in many respects the report tells us what we already know: Most significantly, that there were no substantial outbreaks at these events, with 28 cases across nine events and 58,000 attendees. Additionally, outdoor spaces are generally lower risk than indoor, mitigation measures can reduce and manage risk and audiences will comply with pre-event testing and other measures to attend an event.

“Following this positive outcome, what we need now is clear guidance from Government on exactly what the expectations are for festivals around testing regimes and other protocols this summer. We are actively engaging with Government on this. For festivals who are still planning, it is clearly not a conversation that can wait until 19th July. We welcome further festival pilot events as an opportunity for the ERP to scale up and develop the knowledge base around reopening safely but we also simply cannot get stuck in endless rounds of pilots. The objective must be to reopen festivals safely with the right mitigations in place at Step 4.”