Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, some clients are currently questioning whether their events should go ahead, be rescheduled or even cancelled.
The deputy chief medical officer has informed the UK live event industry that despite fears regarding the coronavirus, there is no reason to shut down events. On 2nd March, the CMO, Jonathan Van-Tam, said that there was “no clear rationale” for closing events in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Please see this article for a full update https://accessaa.co.uk/no-event-ban-in-uk-says-government-medical-adviser
Please also see the World Health Organisation advice: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/key-planning-recommendations-for-mass-gatherings-in-the-context-of-the-current-covid-19-outbreak
We are happy to advise on the Terms & Conditions and related costs of postponing or cancelling events – each event and venue will vary. Whilst the current advice is that events should not be cancelled or postponed, we respect some clients may have travel bans in place, which in turn will mean events may not be feasible at this stage.
W2 already advise clients to take out Insurance for booked events, and now re-enforce this for all events, whilst ensuring your policies cover cancellation related to COVID-19. (Many currently don’t).
For events that will be going ahead as planned and following the advice of the WHO, W2 will take further precautions where ever possible, such as ensuring hand sanitiser stations are available and first aiders are allocated for each event. We will also ensure all venues and suppliers have similar plans in place.
We love events, but the wellbeing of our clients, delegates and staff is always priority.
W2 Events Ltd