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Electric Picnic organisers urge government to issue new reopening plans

The organisers of Electric Picnic have urged the government to issue new guidelines in regards to reopening after this year’s event was refused a licence by Laois County Council.

Current guidelines state that venues which can hold a maximum of 5,000 people will be restricted to 500 people.

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In a statement issued this morning by the organisers of the festival, which was scheduled to take place from the 24th of September to the 26th of September, they said that they were extremely disappointed by the decision while adding, “This is despite our proposal that everyone attending the event, including ticket holders, staff and artists, would have to be fully vaccinated and registered in advance for Department of Health contact tracing,”.

“To see Scotland, a country with a similar population and virtually identical vaccine rollout and uptake as our own, only announce on Tuesday that they were easing restrictions and allowing events such as TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow go ahead in September makes this decision even more difficult to accept.”

The decision has caused a further loss of employment for over 3,000 people which has led the organisers to urge all members of the government “to interrupt their summer recess and immediately issue reopening guidelines we have been calling for, with a reopening date for the sector of August 16 on a phased basis, building to the implementation of no restrictions from September 1 2021 onwards.”

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Sunil Sharpe of the Give Us The Night Campaign spoke on Newstalk Breakfast earlier today where he called for a more accessible and affordable testing system that would allow people to attend events.

He described the current system which requires people to pay €100 for a PCR test as a scam and needed to be subsidised.

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