Senior figures from across the UK’s live events and music industry have urged the Government to progress the deployment of COVID-status certification to support full reopening of events from June.

Ticketmaster UK, See Tickets, AEG Europe and Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) are among the dozens of signatories to a statement in support of COVID-status certification as a “temporary measure” and “pragmatic solution” enabling events to resume at commercially viable attendance levels.

While the signatories from across exhibitions, conferences, music arenas, festivals, theatres and indoor sporting events pledged their support for the Government’s Events Research Programme of trial events and the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks, they noted that events are not economically viable at less than 80-per-cent capacity.

The “grave economic impacts” of continuing restrictions mean the industry leaders back the Events Research Programme’s consideration of COVID-certification as an enabler of all event types to return to capacity audiences, without masks or social distancing.

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