Government Restrictions – The Rule of Six [UPDATED] back to listing

As you will know, in response to the rise in infection rates, further restrictions in England were announced today (9 Sep) about the size of groups that can meet either indoors or outdoors.

The main point is that groups must not exceed six people – a reduction from the previous limit of 30 – announced as ‘The Rule of Six’ and enforced by law from Mon 14 Sep.

This obviously raises important quesitons about gathering audiences to see performances in outdoor environments.

We are still awaiting further detail or clarification, but our current interpretation is that festivals and organisations can still invite people to attend an event or performance, but these audience members must be in groups / social bubbles of no more than six people. This would assume that other “COVID-secure” safety measures are in place, including social distancing of these groups while watching, queuing or moving, gathering tracing data, sanitation facilities and cleaning measures.

We will update with any further information.

Summary: BBC News

Summary: Guardian News


The Events Industry Forum issued this very helpful clarification today (10 Sep) about the new restrictions and how they affect events and gatherings:

To clarify the situation following the Prime Minister’s announcement about new restrictions on groups of people getting together, this relates to gatherings of groups within an event, it does not apply to the numbers allowed to attend an event which, as set out in the EIF/DCMS guidance, should be established by risk assessment.

Under the new regulations announced this week, groups from more than one household are limited to six and organisers should take this into account in their risk assessments and do all they can to ensure they stay in separate groups.

Please also be aware that Track & Trace will become a legal requirement from next Friday (18 Sep).

We will be updating the EIF/DCMS guidance shortly on this and some other points of clarification.