In November, Liverpool became the pilot for mass testing and, like the audience for events, the people of the city embraced it.
One of the reasons was to help get our lives back.
To hug each other.
To see our families.
And to stand next to someone at an event to have a conversation about something else, something that had been created by artists, sports people, DJs.
Something live – that if you reached out you could touch.
And so to today.
We have been working behind the scenes with the Government since November to develop a framework to bring events back.
Not just for all the reasons above, but also because 48 per cent of our business rates come from leisure, so it has been a priority in maintaining essential council services.
Like everything with Covid-19, this is not easy and nothing is in a straight line, but actually nothing in our world is.
In March, we are slowly starting to turn up the dial in a Covid safe way by welcoming the River of Light Trail – a waterfront installation which will literally turn the light back on after a dark year. It will be followed by the Biennial.
Then, alongside our brilliant colleagues at the University of Liverpool and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport we will trial a series of carefully controlled events in April.
We will share our knowledge quickly, so that other areas across the country will benefit from our learning.
Watch this space – and thanks to those producers, artists, civil servants and partners who have put their trust in us to deliver.