Local authorities have been accused of refusing to honour site bookings previously made by circuses, despite permission having been given by the government for big tops to reopen.
Equity makes the accusation in a letter to chief executive of the Local Government Association, Mark Lloyd, which asks the body to “urgently” advise its member councils that site bookings should be honoured.
Circuses were given the right to reopen alongside open-air performances from July 11, subject to regulations that have been determined following a pilot study by Gandeys Circus.
In the letter, general secretary Christine Payne writes: “Equity understands that some local authorities have refused to honour site bookings previously made by circus companies for 2020. Such refusals restrict our members’ legitimate right to work and may be a ’restriction of trade’ of the circus companies involved…
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