Events Industry Related Issues Red Alert; Out of work, Out of time
MARION (WSIL) – Many large gatherings, concerts and outdoor venues have been canceled due to the coronavirus because they draw large crowds and it is difficult to socially distance oneself.
The events industry was one of the first groups of companies to shut down nationwide, affecting more than 12 million people whose work contributes more than $ 1,000 billion to the U.S. economy. every year.
The industry is issuing a “red alert” now that more than 70% of its workers are out of work.
On Tuesday, a national call to Congress to move forward with the RESTART law will take place with thousands of people in the industry lighting up the night sky in red.
A Marion business that took a hit because events everywhere were canceled is participating in Tuesday’s event. Midwest Music Supply owner Chris Parton says it’s more than the events industry that needs Congress to pass the law.
The bill expands the paycheck protection program, provides support for small businesses and guarantees forgivable loans “up to the amount of total losses incurred.”
“We light up buildings, light up our stages, just light up anything red, a sort of awareness to convey to Congress that our industry is still suffering, there are no events currently, and really not. foreseeable end in the near future, ”says Parton, adding that Midwest Music Supply is surviving the pandemic through other aspects of its business.
The business owner will be in the Marion Mall parking lot Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with stages, lights and sound equipment. He invites local lawmakers to join him in this awareness campaign.