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German alliance demands December 1 ‘Freedom Day’

Event Management Forum calls for country's “increasingly inappropriate” Covid restrictions to be lifted to save Christmas season

By James Hanley on 18 Oct 2021

Jens Michow is part of the Event Management Forum

German event companies have called for all remaining Covid restrictions to be lifted by 1 December at the latest.

The Event Management Forum (EMF) alliance, which consists of five major organisations including live music associations BDKV and LiveKomm, said that while large-scale events can now take place again in numerous federal states, the various regulations in others meant tours “can only still be planned with considerable obstacles”.

The federal minister of health, Jens Spahn, has said he does not expect the pandemic to end in Germany until spring 2022, therefore it was currently considered “too early to return to normal”. However, citing the country’s high vaccination rate and “moderate” hospital occupancy, the EMF has claimed it is now time for the country to learn to live with the virus.

“Many European countries have long since come to terms with this and lifted all restrictions,” it said. “In Germany, the occupancy of the hospital wards is moderate, the incidence figures are largely constant, the vaccination rate is increasing daily. The persistence of restrictions therefore appears increasingly inappropriate.

The industry is demanding that all restrictions on holding public events be lifted by 1 December

The industry is demanding that all restrictions on holding public events be lifted by 1 December.

“The event industry has always supported meaningful measures by the federal and state governments, insofar as these were proportionate. Maintaining the restrictions on event operations is not.”

Warning that further inaction would lead event specialists to continue to defect to other industries, the EMF said the sector was the “last branch of the economy that is still in a corona coma”.

“The industry is… demanding that all restrictions on holding public events be lifted by 1 December, thus making it possible for cultural and other events to take place again as early as the Christmas season,” it concluded.

Back in January, the EMF presented a proposal titled ‘Manifest Restart’, which detailed a uniform approach to the gradual and safe reopening of events in Germany.

“This would have ensured the highest possible level of security for all event visitors as early as the spring,” it said.

 


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