COVID-19 Advice for Members

HAE EHA produces regular Covid-19 updates, helping members stay up-to-date with coronavirus during these challenging times. The updates contain information on COVID-19, its impact on the plant, tool and event equipment hire sectors, and links to useful and important resources; which can be useful to both businesses and individuals employed in the industry.

If you are looking for advice relating to insurance please contact the team at HAE EHA BusinessGuard on 0121 380 4612 or email businessguard@hae.org.uk.

The Latest Advice and Information

Please review the latest Covid-19 Advice Update and consider the implications for your employees, customers and business continuity. HAE EHA has provided useful links to related articles which will provide further guidance.

We will continue to keep members updated on all issues relating to Covid-19 here so please review frequently:

COVID-19 Advice for HAE EHA Members; Thursday 30th September 2021
THE UK FURLOUGH SCHEME COMES TO AND END
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed and claims for top-ups to employee salaries for the end of September must be submitted no later than 14th October 2021. Click here for full details.

VIEWS REQUIRED ON PROPOSALS FOR EVENT CERTIFICATION IN ENGLAND
The views of business, venues and event operators are needed regarding a proposed Covid-19 certification for major events, part of the Autumn and Winter Plan for England. Comments and supporting evidence need to be submitted by 11th October 2021, click here for more information.

FURTHER RELAXATION ON SOCIAL DISTANCING ANNOUINCED IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The Executive has announced an end to social distancing in indoor seated venues. Click here to read more.

Previous Covid-19 Updates

The COVID-19 emergency is rapidly changing and HAE EHA relies on government and other authoritative sources for information. We can take no responsibility for any out-of-date or inaccurate information and we ask members to check sources and take further advice as required.

Click below to expand each previous Covid-19 Member Update.

Covid-19 Passes to be Introduced in Wales

The Welsh Government has confirmed that from the 11th October, attendees of nightclubs and large events in Wales will be required to show an NHS Covid-19 Pass, in order to enter, proving they have been fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid.

All over 18 year olds in Wales will need to have a Covid Pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor, non-seated events with 500+ people (such as concerts and conferences) 
  • Outdoor, non-seated events with 4,000+ people
  • Any event with 10,000+ people

This decision follows the Scottish Government’s announcement that vaccine passports will come into force in Scotland on the 1st October. Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, has also discussed the possibility of Covid-19 passports being brought into England should cases spike in Autumn or Winter.

GOVERNMENT SETS OUT COVID PLAN FOR REMAINDER OF 2021
The UK government has published its Autumn and Winter Covid plan for England. This sets out various options and the basis for evaluating the continued risk from Covid and pressures on the NHS. The plan also covers options including vaccine passports, currently only required for events in Scotland but may be rolled out to the rest of the UK in the future.

Click here to view the full news item.

Click here for the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021.
EVENTS INDUSTRY INSURANCE BOOST
The live events sector is being supported by a government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million, which will help the sector plan events with confidence through to next year. The scheme will be available from September 2021 and will run until the end of September 2022.

As Covid restrictions continue to relax, event organisers are still struggling to get insurance for their events. To tackle this issue, the government has partnered Lloyd’s to deliver the ‘Live Events Reinsurance Scheme’. Part of the Plan for Jobs, the scheme means the government will guarantee to make sure insurers can offer the products events organisers need.

The scheme sets out to support live events open to the public (e.g. music festivals) and will cover costs if an event is cancelled due to Government COVID-19 restrictions. The scheme will be available from September 2021 and will run until the end of September 2022.

More information can be viewed here.