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This document is 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, keeping as many people as possible socially distanced from outside of their household or support bubble, in line with the latest government regulations.

This document 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).

Public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.

While this guidance applies to England, you should always consider whether there are local restrictions in place in the area where your event is taking place.

National restrictions begin in England from 5 November until 2nd December when they will be reviewed by the Government. During this period no outdoor events will be permitted. Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.   

On 12 October the government introduced a system of Local COVID Alert Levels. If your event is in an area that is part of Local COVID Alert Level: High or Local COVID Alert Level: Very High, there are additional restrictions which will apply to you. Please visit the Local COVID Alert Levels page to find out what level your area is in and the additional restrictions that apply.

This guidance applies to COVID Alert Level 1 (Medium). If you're in an area in COVID Alert Level 2 (High) or 3 (Very High), check local restrictions.

We expect that this document will be updated over time. This version is up to date as of 24th August 2020 (to clarify effective date from 11th July 2020). Updates are highlighted. You can check for updates at www.eventsindustryforum.co.uk. If you have any feedback for us, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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