Dans son communiqué, l'UNIMEV juge In its statement, UNIMEV considers “sudden and disproportionate” the announcement of the restoration of gauges for events.

Disproportionate “. For the UNIMEV, the announcement by the Prime Minister of the reintroduction of gauges for large events has difficulty in passing. ” In a year and a half of crisis, we have never seen such a sudden and disproportionate measure

,” said Renaud Hamaide and Pierre-Louis Roucaries, co-presidents of UNIMEV. From 3 January, and for a period of three weeks, gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Trade fairs and exhibitions, congresses and corporate events, and sports meetings: several activities will be affected primarily by these restrictions.

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant, combined with the still active spread of the Delta variant – nearly 180,000 cases reported on December 27 alone – means that the events sector is once again suffering the consequences of the measures taken to combat the pandemic. Although these measures do not mean a total halt to the activity, they do affect the visibility needs of a sector for which ” the recurrent stop and go is unmanageable

“, according to UNIMEV.

Since December and the start of this fifth wave, the events industry has seen a serious slowdown in its recovery. Event cancellations have been added to the requests for postponements. The association La Clé-Collective des Lieux Événementiels (The Collective Key to Event Venues) envisaged the cancellation of over 1,000 events in December. For the month of January, 130 events were cancelled, resulting in a loss of turnover of around one billion euros according to UNIMEV.

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Hence the call from the professional association for support to enable the sector to overcome the economic difficulties it will still have to face. Among the measures requested, the exemption of employer’s charges and an aid for the payment of wage charges from December 2021 and one quarter after the recovery, the implementation of partial activity without remaining expenses with an eligibility threshold of maximum 50% of loss of turnover, the non-discrimination between SMEs and ETIs, so far excluded from the devices. Another request is to cover the loss of earnings with retroactivity and continuity one quarter after the recovery, as Italy has already been able to implement.