Events Industry Forum - Keeping workers and audiences safe during: COVID-19 - In the Outdoor Event Industry in England
10th July 2020 - Version 1.1
The guidance has been prepared by the Events Industry Forum with input from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that as a business or an employer you continue to comply with your existing obligations and legislation, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics.
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At this time, venues and event organisers should not permit indoor performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of droplets and aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience.
Where outdoor events are permitted to take place, social distancing should be maintained at all times between attendees who are from different households or support bubbles, and between attendees and staff and performers.
It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces), unless one of the exemptions set out in government Regulations applies.
Outdoor events, that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations, and public bodies, may have more than 30 attendees provided (i) they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and (ii) taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission, taking into account that risk assessment, in line with Covid-19 Secure guidance. This includes ensuring that social distancing between different households or support bubbles is maintained at all times, and between staff and performers. In particular, those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings or mass events from taking place.
Individual businesses or venues should also consider the cumulative impact of many venues re-opening in a small area. This means working with local authorities, neighbouring businesses and travel operators to assess this risk and potentially applying additional mitigations.
For the latest government guidance on Covid-19 for the hospitality sector, please visit GOV.UK
For the latest Events Industry Forum updates, visit the Events Industry Forum website
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