Coronavirus advice for Temporary Event Notices
On 11 July 2020, the Government updated its guidance in relation to working safely during COVID-19. The updated guidance confirmed that performing arts can now take place outdoors with a socially distanced audience present. This means that outdoor theatres, opera, dance and music can now be resumed so long as they take place outside, with a limited and socially distanced audience, and the appropriate risk assessments in place.
Guidance published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport aims to help performing arts organisations, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and take part in the performing arts safely, and keep their audiences safe.
The Licensing Authority is mindful that the recent relaxation of restrictions may result in an increase in TENs being submitted to the Licensing Authority for events in the open air. However, notwithstanding the possibility of small scale events taking place, there is still an ongoing requirement to prevent the occurrence of illegal gatherings which could contribute to an increase in the spread of the virus and potentially result in a local lockdown.
In order to assist event organisers to deliver a safe event using the TENs process, we would strongly advise that the best approach in organising your event is to ensure that you have conducted a thorough risk assessment for the proposed entertainment and, in particular, follow Government guidance in relation to COVID-19 measures to ensure that performers and members of the public alike are safe and the risk of transmission of the coronavirus is reduced.
To reduce the potential risk of objections being made by the Police or Environmental Health in relation to any TEN given, it is strongly suggested that you submit the risk assessment you have undertaken at the same time you give notification of the TEN.
This will enable the authorities to properly consider the measures you intend to put in place and may well prevent possible objections which would result in either the event not going ahead under a late TEN or a formal hearing being necessary for a standard TEN.
Guidance for those organising an outdoor or indoor event
The following guidance may assist those thinking of organising an outdoor event or an indoor event such as theatres, music and performance venues from 1 August as highlighted by the PM on 17 July:
- Closing certain businesses and venues in England. Guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures, and on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in July and August 2020.
- Information to collect - maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.
- Performing Arts - guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
- Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.
- Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020. These Regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in England.
- Risk assessment - Health and Safety Executive (HSE) template for Covid-19 risk assessment.
- Working safely during coronavirus. Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways.
Last updated: 20th September 2021