How to get open
Having spoken to the relevant members of the Board of Directors regarding the forthcoming lifting of restrictions for Showmen being able to once again trade and all that this brings with regards to compliance, we have been made aware through 'official' channels of enquiry that Councils will work to the DCMS endorsed guidance, which is the EIF document, "Keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19 - In the Outdoor Event Industry in England", and the Visitor Economy guidance with regards to making a decision about whether they think a particular event organised by Showmen, and the wider “Outdoor Event Industry” can go ahead safely based on relevant COVID secure guidance and risk assessments.
The AIS’s contribution to "Getting Open"
It is our belief that if this decision and acceptance by the various Public Bodies, in association with the EIF, has been made without prior consultation and notification of any of the stakeholders within the travelling Showmen community as to this protocol guidance for local authorities, of which as an association we have not been contacted by either the DCMS or the EIF, then the only way to bring about equity with regards to the specific industry guidance created for our members and the wider Showmen/women community is to create and share our own guidance and support, while getting clarification on this stance by local authorities and central government.
The AIS’s comprehensive support for members to "Getting Open"
As an association we have produced three documents to support our members based on this information and have collaborated with the other traveling Showmen Associations to produce the general guidance for Local Authorities in relation to funfairs and Circuses that can be found on the gov.uk website. As an association we have also completed a certificate in public health preparedness for mass gathering events with the WHO in order to compile and advise members in how to meet their obligations under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and The Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.Members can access the documents for free - here -