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Updates for Business Events Restrictions

Published: Tuesday, 18 May 2021

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Updates for Business Events- Covid-19 Restrictions

On 10  May 2021, the Prime Minister confirmed that Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown for England will go ahead as planned. The Prime Minister’s announcement provided all businesses one week to prepare. 

Business Meetings and Events From 17 May 2021 

  • Permitted venues (including guest accommodation) can hire out function and event spaces for essential work, education and training, where these events cannot reasonably be conducted remotely. 
  • Permitted venues (including guest accommodation) can host business meeting/event show-rounds, viewings and site visits for the purpose of viewing the venue for a future booking. 
  • Indoor and outdoor business events can take place. This includes conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality. 
  • Events permitted from Step 3 must follow all COVID-secure guidance, adhere to all legal requirements, and take all reasonable action to mitigate risk to public health.  
  • Capacity restrictions will apply to both indoor events (up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue or site’s capacity, whichever is lower) and outdoor events (up to 4,000 people or 50% of a venue or site’s capacity, whichever is lower). 
  • More information is available in the section on meetings and events and the guidance for visitor economy settings

From Monday 17 May 2021:

  • Up to six people or two households may meet indoors. Overnight stays will also be permitted. 
  • Up to 30 people may meet outdoors. 
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants may open indoors, but will be table service only. 
  • Indoor entertainment (such as museums and cinemas) can resume, along with theatres, concert halls and sports grounds, for up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is lower. 
  • Outdoor events allowed up to the lower of 4,000 attendees or 50% capacity. 
  • Social distancing and close physical contact with friends and family is a matter of personal judgment. 
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings and other life events. 
  • Care home residents are allowed up to five named visitors, with greater freedom for residents to go out on trips. Two visitors will be able to visit at once, provided they have been tested. 
  • Hotels, B&Bs, sports and gym classes, saunas and steam rooms may reopen. 
  • Overseas holidays will be permitted to "green list" countries. 
  • No face coverings required in secondary school classrooms. 
  • In-person teaching permitted at universities and testing should be undertake twice per week upon return. 

2. Ongoing Reviews 

The below reviews are currently being undertaken and it is understood that an update to these will be provide on or around 17 June 2021. These reviews will inform the Government’s Step 4 plan. 

Social Distancing: This review will report on whether to continue social distancing measures such as the two-metre rule, wearing face masks and working from home. These will feed through to the Government's plans for Step 4. 

Large Events: This review will report on the safety of larger venues once again fully opening. 

COVID Status Certificate: This review will update on the viability of vaccine passports, enabling the economy to reopen more safely. 

Step 4 is due to take place no earlier than 21 June. Further details on Step 4 will be set out at the end of this month.