The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.It is critical that employers, employees, the self-employed, volunteers and attendees at events take steps to keep everyone safe.
This document, effective from 11th March 2021.Is designed to help all those involved in organising or attending outdoor events in England understand how to operate safely during this pandemic, keeping as many people as possible socially distanced.
It is the intention of this guidance – as set out in the Government’s Spring Roadmap – to enable outdoor events to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic at the relevant step of the Roadmap if it is safe for them to do so. The Government is clear that workers, including volunteers, and general public health, should never be put at risk.
Organisers and suppliers to events should ensure that volunteers are afforded the same level of protection to their health and safety as others, such as employees and attendees.
This document has been prepared and published by the Events Industry Forum with the approval of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
This guidance applies to England. As public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales it should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation.
Guidance set by the devolved nations can be found as follows:
- Northern Ireland – Details to follow
- Scotland – https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-events-sector-guidance/
- Wales – Details to follow
Event organisers are also strongly advised to make contact with local Directors of Public Health as well as Safety Advisory Groups at an early stage when planning an event as local authorities have the powers to prevent events taking place if they are felt to be unsafe or present a risk to public health for either those working on site or the general public.