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COVID event roadmap update

As there was a setback to the lockdown roadmap yesterday, we wanted to give you the lowdown of the rules for private parties and corporate events.

If you're still planning on throwing an event before July 19th, you'll have to abide by the rules set out from May 17th, which you can see below.

Firstly, the government stipulates you must comply with these three rules:

  • Event organisers follow all relevant Covid-secure guidance depending on the type of event and complete a related risk assessment. This guidance varies according to the type of event and could include business events, outdoor events, funfairs, performing arts or sports events.

  • Organisers and attendees must adhere to all legal requirements, including maintaining group sizes permitted by social contact restrictions at the relevant step in the Roadmap and preventing mixing between groups, enforcing social distancing guidelines and mandating face coverings in indoor areas where required.

  • All reasonable action has been taken by the event organiser to mitigate risk to public health.

Which events can go forward?

  • Most significant life events allowed

  • Business events if it is reasonably necessary for work purposes that everyone in the group attends together

How many people can attend?

  • If the event is indoors, the rule of six applies
  • If the event is outdoors, there is a maximum of 30 people
  • Events must be socially distanced

Do people need to be Covid-19 tested or show a vaccination certificate?

  • No. The government says it is exploring the use of 'Covid-secure status'. The decision to require a negative Covid-19 test rests with the organiser. The government says: "consider pre-attendance screening."

Should guests wear face coverings or masks?

  • Guests are expected to wear face masks while moving around indoor venues, but these can be removed once seated and eating or drinking.

  • Guidance says organisers should avoid situations that encourage people to raise their voices, as this increases transmission risk. Instead, use microphones for communicating to larger groups.

  • Speakers should wear face coverings when presenting and speaking and talk at least 2m from attendees. In addition, microphones and podiums should be cleaned between speakers.