An audit recently was published on high street retailer accessibility for disabled people. Here is a link to the news item:
It comes as no surprise to me that most retailers, stores and traders out there are basically not complying with the law, and not making their premises reasonably accessible in accordance with The Equality Act 2010, and associated regulations.
There are some really good shops, stores, retailers who do try very hard to comply, but nowhere near enough.
This problem extends to lack of training staff and managers, and not having proper and sensible policies in place, and assuming they know it all.
This has wider implications, and organisers of craft fairs, and in some cases, those that allow premises for such events to be used, may have a legal duty to ensure the event is accessible for disabled people.
The craft fair organisers should start by asking questions of the owner or landlord of the venue before they book it, about the building or site and facilities.
Plenty of general guidance on the EHRC website, but does not specifically single out craft-fairs, even though they still have to legally comply. Ideally the sites need to be audited, but no one wants to seem to pay for that. Local authorities who let out premises, and landlords, could do more to have these things checked before issuing licences or rental agreements. However, the event organisers are vulnerable to accessibility claims.
So, if you are an event organiser/ craft fair organiser, (even with many years experience), please do seek guidance on this matter, before you have a claim made against you. That could have a serious knock-on effect on the sellers who use the site.