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Covid-19 Timeline of Legislation and Guidance for events

The opening parameters for different types and styles of event is still being updated – however this is our best understanding of the current situation (we would however recommend getting confirmation before planning your event live dates).

Government guidance refers to the COVID-19 Secure guidelines, as found here

Status Overview – 16th August 2020

The term ‘household’ in the guidance below is interchangeable with ‘support bubble’

Socialising indoors?Maximum 2 households, less than 30 people. Including when going out for dinner or to the pub. 
Socialising outdoors?Maximum 6 people if from different households OR up to 30 people if from only 2 households..
Staying overnight away from home? Only with one other household.
Holding/going to an event (e.g. wedding) at a venue?A business or venue can host groups of up to 30 people from multiple households but must comply with the COVID-19 Secure guidelines and social distancing must be maintained.
Out and about?Maintain 1m+ social distance.
Going on public transport?Wear a face covering.
Subject to change
Implementation DateAction
CurrentMaximum two households socialising indoors, including anyone in your support bubble and continues to apply when dining out or going to the pub.
CurrentMaximum six people from different households socialising together outdoors; gatherings larger than six people should only be from a maximum of two households.
CurrentAvoid attending celebrations or environments where it is difficult to maintain a social distance.
CurrentAvoid staying overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household.
CurrentGatherings of more than 30 people should not take place in private homes (including gardens and outdoor spaces).
CurrentBusinesses & venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host groups from multiple households providing they comply with the law.
CurrentFace coverings required in shops, supermarkets and public transport. The public are strongly encouraged to also wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces.
CurrentSports facilities and venues, including indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, can open.
CurrentEmployers will have more discretion on deciding how to ensure their employees can work safely.
CurrentClinically vulnerable people can relax their shielding, however should still maintain social distancing.
CurrentBowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos can open.
CurrentConference halls, exhibition centres, sports stadia and venues will be able to reopen in order to enable up to 30 people to undertake site visits, rehearsals and safety planning for events – but they should not yet be open fully to host events / audiences more widely.
CurrentIndoor performances to a live audience can begin to take place, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines and subject to the success of initially undertaking safety planning as outlined above.
CurrentSmall private wedding receptions – sit-down meals for no more than 30 people – can take place, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance.
CurrentAll remaining close contact services – such as facial treatment and make up application – can restart, in line with COVID-secure guidelines.
1 September 2020Schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis.
1 September 2020Universities can reopen.
1 October 2020Audiences can attend stadiums conferences and other business events in line with COVID-secure guidelines (subject to there not being a spike in COVID-19 cases in the preceding weeks). Capacities will be determined by space required for social distancing and an allowance of 10m2 per person on site. Ventilation of the space must be considered where people will be speaking loudly for prolonged periods of time.
November 2020It is hoped all other social distancing measures will be reduced.
Subject to change

This guidance applies to England only