The Italian live entertainment sector is to support the delivery of the country’s vaccination programme through the coordination of its expertise in logistics and the management of large flows of people.

The Bauli in Piazza – We Make Events organisation, a non-profit association formed by professionals from the entertainment, music and events sectors to support a sector that has stopped since March 2020 due to the pandemic, has already produced and set up the communication materials to begin vaccinations in 314 hospitals throughout Italy.

Domenico Arcuri, the Italian government’s commissioner for the Covid-19 emergency, confirmed the country would make use of the skills of workers in the entertainment world to support the vaccination campaign. The idea of involving show business workers came from a group of professionals from the world of events and was brought to the table by Mario Viscardi, Bauli in Piazza’s spokesperson for this project.

Viscardi said: “Some professionals from Bauli in Piazza took care of setting up the first 21 hospitals for Vaccine Day, to which a further 293 vaccination points will be added by 11 January. We have made ourselves available to set up and manage the spaces that will be dedicated to the vaccination campaign that we imagine will increase in the future.”

Paolo Rizzi, the operational coordinator of this project for Bauli in Piazza, added: “It is a source of great pride to collaborate in this initiative, allowing the campaign to be more efficient and offering our contribution to the community to return to work after months of inactivity in the field to such an important project for the country.

“The skills of such a professional sector could also be used in other initiatives where the competence in effectively and promptly moving masses of people and means were necessary.”

The association was formed in 2020 to provide a unified front to push for subsidies necessary for the livelihood of operators in the sector, organic reform of social security and contracts for the entire sector and new models and restart protocols, both for outdoor and indoor events.