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Coronavirus: Guidance for planning an event in Horsham District

Last updated: April 12 2021

The Government has clarified what type of events are allowed within the new roadmap system.

Below is a breakdown of the current expected dates for resumption of certain activity.

For the most up to date details on events guidance, please read the Government's advice for organised events

Step 1: from March 29

Step 2: from April 12

  • Most outdoor attractions have reopened but wider social contact rules and COVID-secure guidance still applies in all settings.
  • An event can take place during Step 2 if it meets three criteria: it takes place outdoors; attendees arrive and leave in a staggered manner; it does not involve converging on or congregating in a site for a specific activity.
  • Drive-in performances can take place

For full details  on permitted events from 12 April 2021 visit the Government website.

Event pilots are due to take place during this step and any lessons identified at these pilots will most likely influence events due to take place in step 3 or 4.

Step 3: Not before May 17

In all sectors COVID-secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits.

The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full (whichever is a lower number, and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people of half-full (whichever is a lower number).

Step 4: Not before June 21

Before step 4 takes place no earlier than June 21, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.

Restrictions on large events outlined in step 3 will be eased but this decision is subject to the results of a scientific events research programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through spring and summer. This will also guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on large events from the June 21 onwards.

In addition to all of the above, regardless of what step the UK may be in, it should be noted that local outbreaks will still be managed quickly and effectively to combat dangerous variants and this could include some form of localised lockdown and restrictions to any event within the geographic area of the outbreak.

Where a formal event plan is required, we will require receipt of this a minimum of two clear calendar months in advance of the events proposed date.  Please submit your event plan to: and the Safety Advisory Group can consider the content and provide a provisional response subject to it being allowed in line with the guidance.

Please also ensure that as part of your event planning process that you have a robust cancellation policy (and appropriate insurances if required) as things can change quite quickly so all eventualities will need to have been considered.

Whilst we are issuing this guidance now in an attempt to facilitate future events, Horsham District Council reserve the right make changes, cancel events or restrict the use of Council owned land in line with any changes to future national Government advice.