Coventry City of Culture gets £3.5m for Covid-safe events

Coventry City of Culture gets £3.5m for Covid-safe events

4/7/2021 4:04:00 PM

Coventry City of Culture gets £3.5m for Covid-safe events

The government gives the festival £3.5m for 'enhanced Covid-19 safety and hygiene methods'.

Stage three of thegovernment's plans to lift lockdown restrictions in England, whereby groups of up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors, will happen from 17 May at the earliest."It's been an incredibly challenging 12 months for the sector," said Coventry City of Culture Trust's chief executive Martin Sutherland.

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He said the money would be spent on a "visible hygiene regime" including more toilets, sanitiser stations and additional event staff to ensure social distancing.It will also go towards increased costs incurred from making events Covid-safe, for example the trust has had to spend more on rehearsals as practising with smaller groups means rehearsing for more days.

"This new funding enables us to support the organisations, artists, freelancers and communities who are so key to delivering a safe, secure and exciting year for the city," Mr Sutherland said."We are excited to share the extraordinary creativity from Coventry and explore new ways to use digital platforms and broadcast channels to reach new audiences both in person and at home."

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