On the 15th of March, the Cabinet Office published a public call for evidence into Covid Status Certification Review. This consultation has a deadline of the 29thMarch 2021.
On the website it states that: ‘COVID-status certification’ refers to the use of testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that individuals have a lower risk of getting sick with, or transmitting COVID-19, to others. Such certification would be available both to vaccinated people and to unvaccinated people who have been tested.
What Next? believes that the findings of this Review will have an extraordinary impact on the cultural sector, and could impact on our ability to deliver for years to come. Individuals could potentially have to use digital certification to join the workforce, or to participate in, or be an audience for culture. There are no timescales included in the Review, and so these mechanisms could be in place for several years.
This is a complex issue which does not lend itself to a binary or unified position, but it is essential that those making the decisions on ways forward hear the nuanced views of our sector; understanding the different and competing demands of different arts and cultural organisations and individuals, and looking through an equality, rights and ethical lens as much as the critical economic one.
We believe that there is evidence that a cost of an economic recovery supported solely by certification would be the diversity of audiences, workforce and participants, and diversity of the arts and cultural content that is created. We believe that a range of creative measures will be needed to ensure this does not happen.
We have created these draft notes as an aid to anyone in our movement wishing to make a response to the consultation.
Date added: 24 Mar 2021