Berlin (dts news agency) – After the federal and state governments decided to extend the ban on major events on Thursday, the concert and event organizers are demanding help from the state in order to survive financially. Since it is not yet clear whether and to what extent distance rules or the limit of 1,000 visitors will remain in place, the impact of the resolution cannot yet be conclusively assessed, said Jens Michow, President of the Federal Association of the Event Industry, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Friday editions). “Even if the tracking of visitors could be ensured, the requirement of a distance will continue to make commercial event operations impossible.”
The result of the conversation therefore makes clear the hopelessness in which the industry is currently. Despite the understanding of all measures serving to protect against infection, it must be clear that, under the given conditions, no economic result can be achieved even with events of up to 1,000 visitors. The organizers are therefore calling for new aid from the state: The existing funding from the Commissioner for Culture and Media is of little help, says Michow.
Because it only makes it possible that no new financial holes arise. “This cannot compensate for six months without any income,” said the association’s president. It is becoming increasingly clear that the variety of live events on offer will no longer exist in the future.
“I therefore again urgently appeal to the Federal Ministry of Economics to finally provide the organizers and artist investigators with adequate help that actually enables them to make a new start,” said Michow.