Outdoor events – the current situation and new guidance

The LGA (Local Government Association) has published new guidance for local authorities (LAs) on staging outdoor events.

Current government guidelines allow for outdoor events organised by businesses to take place, provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission – taking into account that risk assessment, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

This includes ensuring that social distancing between different households or support bubbles, and between those working at events and customers is maintained. The Events Industry Forum has published some useful guidance on outdoor events. Read more here. This has been developed with input from DCMS.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) provides a framework for considering the steps businesses should take to ensure they are operating in a way that is safe and can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Note: this applies to parts of the country not impacted by specific local regulations.