'The shackles are off!' Eventprofs welcome the end of Plan B

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Eventprofs have welcomed the end of vaccine passports for large events. Image: Unsplash lukassfr Eventprofs have welcomed the end of vaccine passports for large events. Image: Unsplash lukassfr

Event professionals have welcomed the lifting of Plan B restrictions in England from next week.

The news is widely seen as the confidence boost that the sector needs as it continues its Covid-19 recovery.

Juliet Price

Juliet Price, consultant executive director of HBAA, soon to be known as beam, said: “At last the shackles are off. We know from our agency and venue members that millions of pounds worth of event bookings have been held up with contracts waiting to be signed once the Plan B restrictions were lifted. This should give the industry’s recovery the boost that it needs and give everyone the confidence to book live events and meet in-person.”

Michael Begley, CEO of venuedirectory.com said: “This is great news. It should give event planners the confidence to go ahead with in-person conferences and meetings immediately. Our data has shown an encouraging upward curve recently. This should now be the adrenaline injection that the industry has been waiting for to take the recovery further forward energetically.”

The prime minister this week announced the end of England’s Plan B measures with Covid passports for events and work-from-home guidance dropped from next week.

Boris Johnson told the Commons that the Plan B measures introduced in December to combat the Omicron variant will be abolished from January 26, with England reverting to ‘Plan A’.

Covid certification passes for large events and nightclubs will no longer be mandatory, but businesses will still be allowed to use the NHS Covid pass if they choose.

Robert Kenward, chief talent officer at The Hub Jobs, welcomed the lifting of restrictions, but questioned Boris Johnson’s motivation in announcing the move as the prime minister fights off pressure to resign over the Downing Street lockdown parties scandal.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “This is amazing, but wouldn’t it be great if this was because of the science rather than him trying to save his ass?”

Paul Harvey
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M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.

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