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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.

National restrictions apply in England from 6 January. People should stay at home where possible and should only travel to work if they cannot work from home.
Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.  

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.

Local tier restrictions are currently in place across England. This document outlines the activity that may take place in each local tier. Capacity limits are in place on outdoor elite sporting events, business events and live performances and shows in performing arts venues, depending on local tier levels. All other outdoor events organised by businesses, charitable organisations and public bodies, such as funfairs and fairgrounds, car boot sales, and literary fairs are permitted across tiers 1,2 and 3 and are not subject to a cap.

In tier 4 areas, outdoor entertainment venues must close including: fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks. Outdoor business events (such as trade shows and exhibitions) are not permitted. Performing art venues will be closed to audiences including outdoor performing art activities. All other outdoor events organised by businesses, charitable organisations and public bodies, such as car boot sales, and literary fairs are not permitted.

You should always check the local tier level in your area to see which level applies to your event, and read further guidance about each tier level.

We expect that this document will be updated over time. This version is up to date as of 22nd December 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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