Safety guidelines for planning an event in the UK during the COVID-19 period

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We know it can be difficult to keep up with all the COVID-19 related regulations, especially when it comes to what kinds of events can take place and how many guests are allowed. To help you better understand, we have prepared a summary to update you on the most current safety rules that apply to venues. Keep in mind that even though most venues will follow such guidelines, we would still recommend reaching out to the venue you intend to book to find out in detail how their capacity has changed.

United Kingdom

Updated: 20 July 2021

England:

  • All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are able to reopen
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules
  • There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations)
  • There is no requirement for table service at life events or restrictions on singing or dancing

Wales:

  • Indoor hospitality can re-open, 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) can book a table
  • Up to 30 people can meet in any outdoor area, including private gardens, public spaces and outdoor regulated premises such as cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor-play areas, casinos, amusement arcades, and theatres can re-open
  • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries, can re-open
  • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities, this includes wedding receptions and wakes
  • Wedding, civil partnership receptions or wakes can take place in regulated premises like hotels. The number of people is limited by venue size and a risk assessment
  • Regulated events allowed outdoors with up to 10,000 people seated or up to 4,000 people standing

From 7 August

  • remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • all businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs

Scotland:

  • You can meet up to 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment remain closed

Northern Ireland:

  • Hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) are permitted to open
  • A maximum of six people from two households can be seated together
  • Live music is permitted in licensed and unlicensed premises
  • Outdoor and indoor visitor attractions are permitted to open (theatres and concert halls are not included)
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, celebrations and functions are permitted
  • Numbers attending indoor ceremonies and post-ceremony celebrations will be determined by the venue on a risk-assessed basis
  • There are no restrictions on the number of people seated at the ‘top table’, however other tables are restricted to a maximum of 10
  • Dancing is not permitted, the only exception to this is the couple’s ‘first dance’

For more information, please see gov.uk, gov.wales, gov.scot, nidirect.gov.uk