‘Revellers’ at Electric Picnic in 2015
Laois County Council has said it cannot legally revisit its previous refusal of an event licence for Electric Picnic 2021 and that statutory timelines would not allow for the processing of a new application in time for the original date.
….MCD’s Caroline Downey said that in light of ‘Dr Holohan’s remarks remarks and those made by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, the promoters have re-applied to Laois County Council to run the event.
She said if successful, and unlike Croke Park last weekend, organisers would only allow people to work or attend the festival if they are fully-vaccinated, using a Covid certificate to confirm this.
Laois council says it can’t revisit Electric Picnic licence refusal (RTÉ)
Andy Pipkin writes:
The Government has no plans to introduce new laws or regulations that would allow large outdoor events to take place for people who are fully vaccinated or immune from Covid-19.
Digital covid certificates that are currently being used by people to access indoor dining on the basis they are fully vaccinated or immune having had the disease in the last six months could not legally be used to restrict access to outdoor events, the Government has clarified.
Last night/this morning.
The scenes of large crowds at Croke Park has led to representatives from the entertainment industry to question why similar events cannot be held with similar crowds for their sector.
Mr Donnelly said the entertainment industry has had a “really brutal time”, adding the Government wants to see it reopen safely and not have to close down again.
Asked if an event such as Electric Picnic could go ahead, he said he did not want to comment about individual events.
“The questions being raised by the entertainment sector are very reasonable … there should be more pilots to scale up these events,” the minister said.
Changes to All-Ireland spectator rules ‘unlikely’ – Donnelly (RTE)
‘For now, the practicalities of returning to some kind of normal remain unclear. Officials sensibly advised people to be cautious in their mixing given the high levels of disease circulating at present, but their advice about congregation was at times confusing.
Dr Holohan effectively said he was happy for vaccinated people to attend events such as the All-Ireland final or Electric Picnic and for the unvaccinated to be kept out.
At the same briefing, his Nphet colleague and university lecturer Prof Philip Nolan was firm in ruling out the exclusion of unvaccinated students from third-level lectures. It wasn’t just that he disagreed with it; he felt it would serve little use.’
It’s all about when – not if – Covid restrictions will be lifted (Irish Times)