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Social Distancing

Social distancing is fundamental to creating a COVID-safe event and applies to all those visiting or working on the event site, including attendees.

All those working on-site, including volunteers and contractors

  • Social distancing should be maintained, wherever possible.
  • 2m or 1m with risk mitigation (where 2m is not viable) are acceptable.The mitigations should be set out in the event risk assessment.
  • Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in relation to a particular activity, organisers should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the event to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between workers.Mitigating actions might include:
    • Further increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning.
    • Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible.
    • Using screens or barriers to separate people from each other.
    • Using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face), whenever possible.
    • Reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using fixed teams or partnering (so each person works with only a few others).
  • Social distancing applies to all areas, not just the place where people spend most of their time, but also entrances and exits, break rooms, canteens and similar settings.These are often the most challenging areas to maintain social distancing
  • Site access points for those working on site should be managed in respect of social distancing.
  • Maintain good ventilation in the work environment.For example, opening windows and doors frequently, where possible.


  • Social distancing should be maintained, wherever possible - and at all times - between attendees who are from different households or support bubbles, and between attendees and staff/performers.
  • Social interactions must follow government guidelines on social contact:
    Step 2 - no earlier than 12 April: Rule of 6 or 2 households outdoors.Single households / support bubble indoors.
    Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May: 30 people outdoors.Rule of 6 or 2 households indoors.
    Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June: lifting of social contact restrictions subject to the outcome of the Events Research Programme, and a review of social distancing measures.
  • Particular attention needs to be given to maintaining social distancing at points where there is direct interaction between them and those working on the site.
  • Care needs to be given at ingress and egress points to avoid crowding, including means for maintaining social distancing when handling tickets and passes as well as bag checking.
  • Those operating venues, or running events, should take additional steps to prevent large mass gatherings from taking place within the event.

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