16 December 2021
Today Equity has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to take action to protect the creative workforce in light of the rising cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. The worrying situation threatens the fragile return of live performance in theatres, pubs, clubs and other venues across a critical Christmas season.
With many performances and bookings already cancelled, and more very likely to come, thousands of our members will lose a significant proportion of their income. Meanwhile, “there has been no support announced for Equity members and performers facing an uncertain winter, and no support for entertainment workers reliant on a strong Christmas season”.