Coronavirus guidance for the events sector

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance to help the events sector in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The events sector is diverse, consisting of a range of small, medium and large businesses, many of which will also provide services for other sectors such as cultural, community, sporting and business activities. This guidance may therefore be read alongside similar Scottish Government guidance prepared specifically for other sectors.

Topics in the events sector guidance include:

  • the current situation in Scotland and local protection levels
  • current legislation
  • risk assessments
  • operational guide with health and hygiene measures
  • workforce planning and support
  • communicating with event attendees
  • deliveries and distribution
  • workforce training and compliance
  • additional guidance and resources

There is also a downloadable checklist for event organisers (Word, 638 KB) to help you implement the guidance.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone working in the events sector, including organisations that deliver, or support the delivery of, planned events in Scotland. 

How long does this take?

It will take about an hour to read the full guidance. It is split into sections for ease of reference.

Important information

Each area in Scotland has been assigned a local protection level. Check your local protection level to see what is currently permitted in your area.

For the events sector, the following rules apply:

Level 0

  • outdoor events permitted (restricted numbers)
  • indoor events – seated and ambulatory permitted (restricted numbers)
  • indoor grouped standing not permitted
  • stadia – open with restricted numbers
  • other - live events premises open, including theatres, music venues, conference centres, and sports stadia

Level 1

  • outdoor events seated and open space permitted (restricted numbers)
  • outdoor grouped standing events not permitted
  • small seated indoor events permitted
  • stadia – open with restricted numbers
  • other - live events premises open, including theatres, music venues, conference centres, and sports stadia

Level 2

  • most events not permitted or closed to spectators
  • drive-in or drive-thru events are permitted
  • live events premises closed, including theatres, music venues, conference centres, and sports stadia
  • stadia closed to spectators

Level 3

  • events not permitted or closed to spectators

Level 4

  • events not permitted or closed to spectators

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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