Statement: Responding to the announcement on the pilot events programme

April 8, 2021 in ADPH Updates, Covid-19 by Lucy Sutton

The pilot events announced by the Government are essential to generating an evidence base about how they can operate as we aim to live safely with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future.

Directors of Public Health support events taking place. We are pleased that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is engaging with local authorities and are committed to working collaboratively. It is vital that we learn from these pilots through robust and transparent evaluation; and build in the appropriate time and governance processes to apply the lessons effectively.

We need to ensure we take the time and make the effort to get it right. Rushing to reopen events in an unevidenced and unsafe way will not be helpful to the health and wellbeing of individuals, our populations, or to the relevant sectors of the economy.