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Event organizer: I have no legal basis to request a coronavirus certificate | Coronavirus

On August 5, a rock opera called “Johnny” will premiere at the Tartu Song Festival Grounds, a senior producer for the event, Mihkel Truman, who took a year and a half to prepare. They made a decision on the audience limit in the summer: 3,000 people will be allowed in for the show.

The government however decided last week that events which do not verify spectator vaccinations, recovery or negative test results, can only allow 500 people for indoor events and 1,500 people for outdoor events. , from August 2.

Now organizers must find a way to reduce the number of spectators or start asking for proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test. While the first option would result in significant financial losses, organizers face legal issues for the second option.

“We can ask for a certificate, but there’s no legal basis for the person to have to show it,” Truman said of the complicated situation organizers find themselves in. “Currently, concert organizers have been tasked with something that is beyond their jurisdiction. . As long as there is no nationwide emergency, we have no legal basis to request a person’s state of health, as this is confidential personal data.

Truman noted that people who bought tickets signed a purchase contract with the organizers and that there is no right of cancellation if the visitor refuses to show a certificate.

The only source of income for such events is the ticket income, which in turn is taken into account in the organization of the event and the salaries of the workers at the event.

Truman said that if the government has promised to announce restrictions two weeks in advance, that does not help organizers. “Unfortunately, you can’t organize an event in two weeks, nor a festival or a production. Those two weeks don’t actually help anyone,” he said.

The event organizer said the state should find options to allow events to be held safely. He also noted that a solution must be found to the problem of covering the costs of mass testing at the gates. For “Johnny”, the tests would cost €30,000 per show, but it would have to be decided who should cover the costs.

“I’m not against it at all, I’m willing to do it and check it out, but the issue is financial – it’s an expensive process to do it,” Truman said.

“We don’t want anyone getting sick or for things to get any worse,” he added. “It’s always in our interest that people feel safe, that they feel good and that everyone leaves healthy.”

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