Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outdoor Event – Guidance

        We are currently accepting applications for outdoor events and will assess each application in line with government guidance. Please read the guidance below for information on how to organise your event safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions that are not answered below please contact events@thanet.gov.uk

        Event organisers need to follow all relevant COVID-secure guidance depending on the type of event, and complete a related risk assessment. This guidance varies according to the type of event.

        Organisers and attendees adhere to all legal requirements, including maintaining group sizes permitted by social contact restrictions at the relevant step in the Roadmap and preventing mixing between groups, enforcing social distancing guidelines and mandating face coverings in indoor areas where required.

        All reasonable action has been taken by the event organiser to mitigate risk to public health.

        Rule of 6 and social distancing MUST be applied

        • Outdoor grassroots sport and outdoor organised team and sports participation events will be allowed to resume
        • Spectators will not be permitted at sporting events taking place on private land
        • With the exception of adults only where they are needed to supervise under-18s
        • Outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household, though people from different households will still need to socially distance from each other. Support bubbles will continue to be counted as part of the same household.

        (Rule of 6 and social distancing MUST be applied) 

        The following requirements need to be met 

        1. The event takes place outdoors
        2. Attendees are expected to arrive and leave the event in a staggered manner throughout the day
        3. The event does not involve attendees converging on and congregating in a site for a specific discrete performance or activity, such as a theatre or music performance, Or It is a drive-in performance or show.

        Events that are permitted to take place from the 12th April 2021 are: 

        • Agricultural shows
        • Steam rallies
        • Flower shows
        • Gardening shows and events
        • Literary fairs
        • Car boot sales
        • Community fairs
        • Village fetes
        • Animal and pet shows
        • Funfairs and fairgrounds
        • Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performance events (eg comedy, dance, music, theatre and air shows) *People attending drive-in events should remain in their vehicle for the duration of the performance
        • Food and drink festivals *Where the festival resembles an outdoor food market or outdoor hospitality venue, but if people are consuming food and drink at the venue, the table service rule would apply.

        Indoor events need to comply with the rule of 6. 

        Outdoor events can be held with up to 30 people social distancing MUST be applied 

        Additional events that are permitted to take place from the 17th May 2021 are: 

        • Business events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions, and private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality
        • Cinemas
        • Live performances -Professional and non-professional/amateur 
        • Circuses
        • Air shows
        • Historical /battle reenactments
        • Live animal performances such as falconry displays at events
        • Non-elite and professional sporting events


        All events commencing at Step 3 will be subject to the following capacity caps:

        • 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower at indoor events
        • 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower at outdoor events

        Capacity restrictions must be adhered to at any point throughout the event. For example, a theatre can admit over 1,000 people in a single day, but no more than 1,000 people at one time. If an event runs over the course of multiple days, no more than 1,000 people should be admitted at any one time over that periodIf a single venue hosts multiple different events at one time, and the attendees of each event are separated for the duration of the event (for example, a cinema with multiple screens, or an exhibition centre hosting multiple business events), the 50% capacity cap will apply to each individual event, rather than the venue.


        The government aims to remove all legal limits on social contact and enable all events above the Step 3 capacity restrictions to go ahead. This will be strictly subject to the government review of the latest available data on the impact of the previous step against four tests and the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme.


        Yes, however you will need to get permission from Thanet District Council.  You can do this by following the event application process please click here


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