COVID-19 Events permitted

Updated 22 July 2020 to reflect events permitted from 25 July 2020..

The Government has given guidance on those events that can satisfactorily run in conformance with 2m social distancing. The list below is not exhaustive.

Group 1: Permitted

Use by Schools
Activities held indoors where smaller numbers of people attend: For example: seated activities and meetings held in a large hall such as art classes, history group, dog training classes, weight loss groups, Parish Council meetings.
Book lending schemes: Users should be asked to clean hands on arrival, regularly if browsing and when leaving. Returned books should be placed in a box for 72 hours before placing back on display, cash donations placed in a bowl and handled by one person wearing gloves.

Group 2: Requiring more careful management by organisers

Small events providing catering: e.g. coffee mornings, pop-up cafés or luncheon clubs, where seating may be out of doors and/or well-spaced. Takeaway drink or food can be provided from a room directly accessed from outside. NB Special arrangements should be made for vulnerable people in the shielding category who wish to attend, to enable participation and avoid their continued isolation.
Playing games at tables: While the older age profile and difficulty complying with social distancing at card tables (normally 67cm) has led the English Bridge Union to advise Bridge Clubs against re-opening, an informal local group may be able to arrange social distancing if household groups always play together and slightly larger tables are used.
Activities for children and young people: e.g. cubs, youth clubs, railway modelling club, Sunday school, picnics or BBQs in outdoor areas. For activities with toddlers, soft toys should be avoided, parents can be encouraged to bring toys which are not shared with other children.
Public meetings and public consultation events (e.g. planning): A one-way system can be created for exhibitions. For large meetings attendees can be asked to use the furthest seat fromthe entrance first unless hard of hearing, handouts provided at the end rather than at the beginning. Contact details should be taken (for NHS Test and Trace) by one person so attendees do not share a pen.
Other larger events including those with seated audiences: e.g. gardening club, film show, bingo, quiz night. Attendees can be asked to use the furthest seats from the entrance first unless hard of hearing. A booking system can be encouraged to manage numbers and obtain contact details for NHS Test and Trace.
Weddings and wedding receptions: Weddings and similar life cycle religious ceremonies are permitted where attended by up to 30 persons. Recorded music is recommended. A musician may play a non-wind instrument. From 1st August sit down wedding receptions are permitted for no more than 30 people.
Indoor sport and exercise and dancing classes: Activities such as yoga, keep fit, badminton, table tennis, indoor bowls, dancing classes, and School PE lessons are permitted indoors from 25th July. These should be held in accordance with the Government guidance. Energetic activities such as Zumba and circuit training are subject to tighter capacity and ventilation requirements.
Indoor Performances, Rehearsals, broadcasts: Rehearsals, filming and broadcasting of music, drama and dancing will shortly be permitted, including professional touring performances, amateur dramatics, pantomime groups, children’s entertainers, band practices without woodwind or brass instruments (unless played by professionals). These should be held in accordance with the Government guidance for performing arts.
Children’s birthday parties: the maximum attendees allowed is 30 for an outdoor event organised by a private individual. Managing social distancing, tea and hand washing for a smaller group of children would be easier so a lower capacity limit advisable, e.g. no more than 12 children plus supervising adults.


Group 3: Not permitted at 25th July, awaiting further Government guidance:

Singing: Including choir practice, congregations, and performance.
Woodwind and brass instrument rehearsals and performances by amateurs.
Dances and discos: Nightclubs are not permitted to open. Loud music is not permitted, and performers are advised not to encourage impromptu dancing by audiences.

(reference Information Sheet Appendix D)