Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of additional restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland, the programme of pilot events has been put on hold for the time being.

Pilot events involving the return of spectators in limited numbers had already taken place successfully in both rugby and football with plans also in place for spectators at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open golf event from 1 – 4 October.

Discussions were also ongoing about the approval of other pilot events including small business events and conferences. An indicative date of 5 October had also been given for the review of potential resumption of other events as part of lockdown easing but this is now considered unlikely given the recent announcements.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “Colleagues across the events and festivals industry will naturally be disappointed by news of further restrictions and the pausing of the pilot events programme.

“We, alongside colleagues in the Event Industry Advisory Group, are continuing to have dialogue with the Scottish Government to make the case for a resumption of events as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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