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COVID-19: outdoor events guidance by the LGA Published Date: 18/08/2020

There has been some uncertainty about the extent to which outdoor events are currently permitted to take place. This guidance note brings together relevant guidance on outdoor events and provides an overview of the current position.

Overall position

We have liaised with the Business for Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) who have confirmed that the Government’s intention is that outdoor events should go ahead where they can do so safely – recognising that some planned easing of the lockdown (eg, weddings etc) were paused on 1 August.

COVID-19 secure guidelines

With the exceptions of large sporting events, current government guidelines allow for outdoor events that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations, and public bodies to take place provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission, taking into account that risk assessment, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.