May 17th – All You Need To Know About Events In the UK
GOOD NEWS! This week everybody’s favourite Prime Minister confirmed that as of Monday May 17th restrictions in the UK are easing and we’ll all be able start having fun inside again!
Whilst this is a HUGE step forward and we can all rejoice in what will be the final stretch before we can all embrace what will be the “new normal”, we wanted to look at what this means in the world of events in the UK.
So, what can we expect?
Even though May 17th has been the watermark for the re-launch of indoor activities over the past few months, it was only confirmed this week that date is still going ahead. So, expect confirmation emails and mad scrambles for last-minute activities for next week.
But, What About the Actual Rules?
Good question… Here is the statement according to the Government’s official website:
*Up to 6 people or 2 households will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors.
*Up to 30 people will now be able to attend weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events. These can take place outdoors or at any indoor Covid secure venue that is permitted to open. The number of people able to attend a funeral will be determined by the number that can be safely accommodated in the venue with social distancing in place.
*Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
*30 people will be able to attend a support group or parent and child group. The limit will not apply to children under 5.
*Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors and saunas and steam rooms may reopen.
How many People Can Attend Indoor and Outdoor Events in the UK?
Well, that depends on the venue and type of event.
In a nutshell, indoor events can be held for up to 1,000 people or 50% venue capacity. Outdoor events will resume for up to 4,000 people (or 50% capacity), larger stadiums will have special dispensation. These numbers do not include staff, contractors or exhibitors.
And The Social Distancing Stuff?
Yes, that’s still happening. All venues must adhere to the highest Covid secure measures in order to allow guests to enter their premises.
What About Face Masks?
Though they aren’t mandatory according to The Government, it is definitely advised that if you are going to be in contact with people whether it conversing or in the close vicinity of others that you do wear a face mask.
Do I Need to Be Covid-19 Certified or Vaccinated to Attend an Event?
No, you do not. Whilst The UK Government advises everybody to be vaccinated to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, having to show proof of vaccination or recent negative test is solely at the discretion of the event organiser/venue. The organiser will make this clear well in advance.