Representatives of the events industry are appealing to the government for support during the recurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies in the industry expect the state, among other things, not to impose taxes and social security contributions, as well as wage subsidies.
With the amendment of the COVID-19 Restriction Ordinance on October 16, severe restrictions were placed on the entire event industry. In the red zone (currently the whole Poland is in it) it is not allowed to organize events even online. In the yellow zone such meetings can be organized only by means of distance communication.
Event industry has not managed to return to functioning before the lockdown, and the lack of help after the March lockdown has only worsened its situation.
The Council of the Meetings and Events Industry believes that the government’s aid should be directed sectorally – only to the most affected branches of the economy and to the companies affected by the greatest decline in turnover. Among the 16 demands of the Meeting and Events Industry Council are:
According to the coordinator of the Meetings and Events Industry Council, the absolute minimum in aid from the government should be the absence of any tax burden and the possibility of organising online events in red zones.