The combination of the end of furlough together with the delay to the relaxing of Covid restrictions means arts and entertainment businesses are facing a “cliff edge.”
This is a claim which came after Nicola Sturgeon announced a further delay to the relaxing of restrictions in Scotland, saying it was “unlikely” the Scottish Government would move any part of Scotland down a level at the end of June.
It’s understood restrictions will stay as they are until 19th July in the hope vaccinations can catch up with the continuing spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus.
Linda Boyd, director of the Morningside School of Music in Edinburgh, warned that many in the arts and entertainment business may not be able to last that long. She said:
“Many of our clients are employed in the arts industry and they’re seriously concerned about what’s going to happen next. They’re facing a cliff-edge moment. The furlough scheme has been a great support net, but they know it can’t last forever and now they just need the opportunity to work.”
Those in the arts and entertainment sector are the second most-likely employees to still be on furlough, and are three times more-likely than the average worker in Scotland to have been unable to return to work.