The Return of Live Events - What Events Can Go Ahead Now?

17 May 2021

It’s a big week for the events industry. For the first time in over a year, indoor events for up to 1,000 people, or 50% venue capacity, are allowed to take place. This is part of Step 3 of the Government roadmap, which also includes indoor socialising for groups up to six and overnight stays. For now, social distancing and face coverings are still required but there is no requirement to prove a negative test or vaccination certificate for entry.

To find out exactly what events can happen and how, keep reading or speak directly to a member of the team. 

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Are Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions Allowed?

Yes! From May 17th business meetings and events which include conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been able to go ahead.

What About Private Dining Events?

Private dining events such as gala dinners and award ceremonies are back on. Like all events, capacity is limited but this does not include venue staff, contractors, or exhibitors.

Corporate Hospitality?

Corporate hospitality has returned with special dispensation to seated stadiums. Unsurprisingly, there are a limited number of tickets remaining so if you’d like to attend an event this year, don’t delay getting in touch.

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What Regulations are in Place?

In order for these events to go ahead, event organisers must follow covid-secure guidance and complete a related risk assessment. These vary from event type to event type and depend on things like the venue and activities taking place.

Event organisers and attendees must also follow legal guidance relating to social distancing and group sizes. Mixing between groups should be avoided, although if it is reasonably necessary for a larger group to attend an event together for work purposes it is permitted.

How Do Event Capacity Caps Work?

The maximum capacity for any indoor event is 1,000 people at any one time or 50% of the venue capacity for smaller venues.

If there are multiple events happening at one venue at the same time but attendees are separate for the duration of the event, each event will have its own capacity cap rather than the venue.

For large, outdoor seated venues where crowds can be spread out across the venue, the number of attendees can be higher. This can be up to 10,000 attendees or 25% of the total seated capacity depending on which is lower.

For events with mixed seating and standing, like live music events, the capacity is calculated based on 25% of the seating capacity, regardless of the standing capacity.

We think you’ll agree that this is all extremely exciting. We would love to help you plan your next live event so why not get in touch? You can be sure we’ll always be up to date with the most recent Government updates, and we’re also offering a great deal of flexibility on any upcoming bookings/arrangements.

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