MCD Productions and Festival Republic have written to the Taoiseach, Arts Minister Catherine Martin and other members of Government with proposals of how events including Electric Picnic could go ahead later this year.

The letter, seen by RTÉ, proposes that Electric Picnic goes ahead in September, with enhanced safety protocols.

It proposes a live music concert featuring Erasure and a live comedy event with Ricky Gervais, both at the 3 Arena in October.

The promoters say they have staged 'Living with Covid' live events worldwide including Lollapalooza in the US and Latitude in the UK, and have gained first-hand knowledge and experience in safely running large scale Covid pilot events and festivals.

They propose enhanced safety requirements, including:

  • No restrictions for those fully vaccinated 14 days prior to the show date
  • Testing for those with a single vaccination
  • No entry for those who are not vaccinated
  • Registration for contact tracing, and an event management plan with extensive health and safety requirements.

The promoters say the enhanced entry requirements would resemble the regulations applicable to indoor hospitality, the rules governing international travel and the protocols implemented at live events currently under way throughout Europe, within the UK and the US.

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