MIL-OSI Translation: Large event organizers get planning security thanks to the protective shield


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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German16. May 2022Even if the Corona situation has eased, the implementation of events with a supra-regional impact is still fraught with uncertainties and financial risks. The government council has therefore created a legal basis for a protective shield. This will allow the federal government and canton to contribute to uncovered costs in the event of a cancellation due to corona. Following an interruption caused by the pandemic, several events of supra-cantonal importance are to be held in the canton of Nidwalden again this year, such as the Central Swiss Wrestling and Alpine Festival in Buochs , the Teffli Rally or the Allweg-Schwinget, both in Ennetmoos. Planning for these events, which are expected to attract a large audience, is well advanced. Even if the corona situation has eased in the meantime, the implementation is fraught with uncertainties. If such events had to be postponed, resized or canceled at relatively short notice due to renewed official instructions in connection with Covid-19, the organizers would incur uncovered costs. Even if this risk is currently classified as low, the cantonal government has now created the legal basis for a protective shield for events of supracantonal importance in Nidwalden. To do this, he had to wait for the federal government’s Covid-19 regulation on public events, which was amended on May 1, 2022. According to this, the federal government contributes half to covering uncovered costs for public events with national broadcasts with more than 1000 expected visitors per day. The prerequisite for this is that organizers have obtained a prior assurance from the canton, for which they must submit comprehensive information, evidence and receipts. If an event is actually canceled due to Covid-19 measures, a definitive application for a share of the uncovered costs must be submitted within three months with specific information on the closing of accounts, reimbursement of tickets or measures to mitigate damage. The cost assumption per event amounts to a maximum of 5 million francs in total, with organizers bearing a franchise of 5,000 francs and a deductible of 10 percent of the remaining uncovered costs. Deadline for submitting applications Since applications for prior confirmation of a contribution to uncovered costs must be submitted at least one month before the planned event have to be submitted and the “Central Switzerland” is the first major event to take place at the beginning of July 2022, the government council has decided to issue an emergency ordinance (Covid-19 emergency ordinance for public events) as the legal basis. The ordinary legislative process with a referendum deadline would have taken too much time. If events had to be canceled due to the corona epidemic, the organizers would suffer major losses without a protective shield. “The events and culture sector has been hit hard by the pandemic. If organizers do not now receive the security of the public sector, their continued existence could be endangered. I don’t think anyone wants these traditional events with a folk festival character, which we are all increasingly longing for, to disappear from the scene,” says Education Director Res Schmid. The emergency ordinance will come into force on May 20, 2022. From then on, corresponding applications can be submitted to the Education Directorate. A form will be posted at in due course. The emergency ordinance is limited until December 31, 2022 and will be submitted to the district administrator at the next district council meeting. He has to decide on the further period of validity.

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