Covid-19: Events, performances and festivals

Any events, performances and festivals that take place during the Covid-19 pandemic must follow the government's guidelines and covid-secure advice. Do bear in mind that the restrictions in place when you are planning your event may have changed by the time your event takes place.
Hosting events for large numbers of people is particularly challenging at this time and risk assessments and event management plans must ensure social distancing and hygiene arrangements. The Council and Public Health England may prohibit events from taking place if there is a significant risk of transmission of infection.
Please take into consideration the possibility that your event may have to be cancelled at relatively short notice.

Hosting indoor and outdoor events

We urge you to contact the Stroud Safety Advisory Group (SAG) at an early stage in the planning process. 

Under the current national restrictions most events will be prohibited. For further information on what you can and cannot do check the government website. The following guidance is provided to assist in planning for future events. 

For many restaurants, pubs and bars, providing entertainment such as recorded music, live sports broadcasts, quizzes, live musicians or comedians are an important part of your business. 

Venues may host socially distanced indoor and outdoor live performances, though we encourage performances to take place outdoors if possible. Venues should take account of the performing arts guidance in organising performances and include them in their risk assessments.

Steps that will normally be needed include:-

Determining the viability of entertainment and maximum audience numbers consistent with social distancing outside and within venues and other safety considerations.

Preventing entertainment, such as broadcasts, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours increasing transmission risk. For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.

Reconfiguring indoor entertainment spaces to ensure customers are seated rather than standing. For example, repurposing dance floors for customer seating.

Encouraging use of online ticketing and online or contactless payments for entertainment where possible.

Communicating clearly to customers the arrangements for entertainment and clearly supervising with additional staff if appropriate.

Events in public outdoor spaces

It is likely that businesses and venues will need to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines for some time and events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, will need to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Limits on numbers may apply.

The Events Industry Forum has produced guidance for organisers of events during the Covid-19 pandemic. Social distancing and hygiene facilities are extremely important when large numbers of people are gathered in one place and organisers have a responsibility to manage visitor's behaviour.

Theatres, concert hall and cinemas

Theatres, concert halls and cinema should follow the government's performing arts Guidance.

The Performing Art guidance is likely to be relevant and should be considered in a wide range of circumstances including but not limited to: music production, film, advertising, television production, places of worship, outdoor events and festivals, indoor unseated music venues, bars and restaurants. Where relevant, it should be read alongside the specific guidance relevant to particular settings.

Performing arts - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance - GOV.UK

You should limit the number of audience members so that capacity is at a level that allows social distancing to be maintained. 

Conference and exhibition centres: events are currently not permitted.

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings and wedding receptions weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 6 people can attend wedding ceremonies. 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 6 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

Face Coverings

In England, face coverings are now required by law to be worn in a wide range of settings including entertainment venues, shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. Please be mindful that there are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings.

People are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in any enclosed public space where there are people they do not normally meet.

An owner, proprietor or manager carrying out a business (or a person responsible for other premises) who contravenes the Regulations, without reasonable excuse, commits an offence. If appropriate, both local authorities and the government have powers to close venues, to restrict access to public outdoor spaces, or to cancel events.

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