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COVID-19 safety precautions and outdoor events

The COVID-19 outbreak presents unique challenges which will affect all organisers of outdoor events. To help you to ensure that you are setting up your event to keep your staff and attendees safe, please check this page and the listed guidance regularly for the latest expert advice.

Latest advice from government

Central government has issued new guidance on working safely during covid-19 for events and attractions. Event organisers should ensure they follow this guidance so they can operate their event safely.

General safety advice

Coronavirus guidance from GOV.UK offers up-to-date guidance on a wide variety of topics, including workplace safety, testing, travel, accommodation and any current restrictions on commercial or leisure activities.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do provides constantly updated guidance on what restrictions are in place nationally. 

To keep updated on changes in regulations and guidance for specific industries and activities, you sign up to GOV.UK email alerts

Advice for businesses

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided Guidance on working safely and restarting work, for employers and employees getting back to business after Lockdown. This includes practical advice on cleaning and hygiene, provision and use of PPE, risk assessment and how to ensure effective social distancing.

Events specific support and guidance

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) has put together a comprehensive set of COVID-19 resources, aimed particularly at organisers of outdoor events. This covers areas such as financial help, staff protection, insurance and workplace safety, and offers a number of contacts to get further support.

Keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19 (free site registration required) - a document to help employers, employees, volunteers and the self-employed, and their customers and attendees, in the outdoor event industry in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic - produced by the Events Industry Forum.

Find out more details on organising an event during COVID-19 on our web page.