Outdoor events, that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations, and public bodies, may have more than 30 attendees provided (i) they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and (ii) taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of viral transmission, taking into account that risk assessment, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance. It is illegal for other outdoor events to have more than 30 people attending unless one of the exceptions set out in the relevant regulations applies.
This includes ensuring that social distancing between different households or support bubbles, and between those working at events and customers is maintained.
Regulations set out three conditions which need to be met before a direction can be issued. These are:
- That giving a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health,
- That the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority’s area, and
- That the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.