Evidence used to support large scale public event licensing decisions

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Dear Isle of Wight Council,

Please will you let me know what, if any, Covid-19 related risk assessments have been carried out as part of the licensing procedures for the Isle of Wight Festival 2021 and whether current monitoring is still in place?

What procedures were or are in place relating to the potential refusal or revocation of the license based on evidence from other recent large scale events such as Cowes Week 2021, Boardmasters Festival 2021 and Reading Festival 2021, particularly insofar as they relate to impact on local health services and impact on the health of local populations during and in the 10 days following such events?

To what extent was or is such health monitoring evidence being used as part of any decision-making process regarding the conditions under which the Isle of Wight Festival 2021 is expected to operate?

To what extent does the operational status of St Mary's Hospital and other local NHS services impact on any licensing decision or potential revocation thereof regarding the Isle of Wight Festival?

If health or testing measures are a condition of licensing for the Isle of Wight Festival, what are they, how will they be monitored, how will they be enforced and who will cover the cost of their implementation?

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Hirst

Frecknall, Helen, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Hirst

 

I refer to your email submitted as a Freedom of Information Request to the
Isle of Wight Council on 2 September 2021.

 

Having reviewed your request your questions are not classed as a Freedom
of Information Request. A Freedom of Information Request entitles a person
to request information readily held by the Isle of Wight Council.  However
following discussions with the Licensing Manager of the Isle of Wight
Council I can provide the following answers to your queries below:

 

Please will you let me know what, if any, Covid-19 related risk
assessments have been carried out as part of the licensing procedures for
the Isle of Wight Festival 2021 and whether current monitoring is still in
place?

 

The Isle of Wight Council has been in discussion with the organiser of the
Isle of Wight Festival for several months, with input from the Director of
Public Health; safety remains a top priority.

 

The organisers have taken considerable advice and guidance to arrange an
event that is safe for both the residents of the Island and also those
attending the event and have closely monitored the outcomes of the
government’s trial events for any lessons learned.

 

Everyone connected with the event has public safety and security at the
forefront of their thinking in making and amending plans for the event as
things change and it is better this is done collaboratively for the
benefit of all.

  

All partners continue to follow national guidance on events and are
keeping the situation under careful review.

The festival is planned to go ahead later this month, with robust COVID-19
safety measures in place. These measures have been reviewed and the
relevant authorities including Public Health and the Isle of Wight NHS are
content with the arrangements.  Staff will continue to work with the event
organisers to review and revise these measures depending on the national
and local situation.

 

The council and other partners are working closely with the festival
organisers to mitigate spread of the virus including:

o Festival goers will be required to have the COVID Pass to enter the
festival to show that they are fully vaccinated or have had a
recent negative COVID-19 test or that they have proof of immunity.
o Festival goers will be reminded and encouraged to take regular
lateral flow tests.
o Communications to ensure that people do not travel to the Island if
they have symptoms.
o Onsite COVID-19 messaging.

 

What procedures were or are in place relating to the potential refusal or
revocation of the license based on evidence from other recent large scale
events such as Cowes Week 2021, Boardmasters Festival 2021 and Reading
Festival 2021, particularly insofar as they relate to impact on local
health services and impact on the health of local populations during and
in the 10 days following such events?

 

The premises licence for the event is an ongoing licence which was issued
a number of years ago. The review mechanism which is set out within the
Licensing Act 2003 can be used for future events. Under the Health
Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 3) Regulations 2020,
the council does have a power to make directions in response to a serious
and imminent threat to public health. These directions include prohibiting
or restricting an event but any action of this nature must be necessary
and proportionate to managing the transmission of the coronavirus on the
Island.

 

To what extent was or is such health monitoring evidence being used as
part of any decision-making process regarding the conditions under which
the Isle of Wight Festival 2021 is expected to operate? Please see above

 

To what extent does the operational status of St Mary's Hospital and other
local NHS services impact on any licensing decision or potential
revocation thereof regarding the Isle of Wight Festival? Please see above

 

If health or testing measures are a condition of licensing for the Isle of
Wight Festival, what are they, how will they be monitored, how will they
be enforced and who will cover the cost of their implementation? Please
see above

 

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please
write to the Corporate Information Unit at [1][Isle of Wight Council request email], or
complete the on-line appeals form that can be found at [2]www.iwight.com.
If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have
the ultimate right, once you have exhausted the internal appeals process,
to appeal to the Information Commissioner.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Helen Frecknall | Departmental Information Guardian | Regulatory Services
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Isle of Wight Council | Jubilee Stores| The Quay | Newport | Isle of Wight
PO30 2EH

Tel: (01983) 821000

Email: [3][email address] | Web: [4]www.iwight.com

 

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