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Coronavirus: Events cancellation - issues to consider - Updated

12 October 2020

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis continues to require the cancellation of significant trade, arts and sporting events as many governments continue to ban large gatherings. The end of the outbreak is unfortunately not yet in sight and governments will continue to take steps to mitigate the effects of the virus. The impact is wide ranging and may result in further significant losses for organisers, hosts, participants, sponsors, media firms and numerous other businesses that would otherwise stand to benefit from the event related tourism. These businesses are facing critical decisions as to whether to continue with events as amended, or how to deal with postponement or cancellation.

In this briefing, we set out eight key questions to consider when faced with the potential cancellation of an event.

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