On Tuesday (13 July), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that we will move to level 0 next week (19 July), with all restrictions to be lifted on 9 August. However, following a surge in Covid-19 cases, there will be some “modifications” in place:  

  • Outdoor standing events will continue to be limited to a capacity of 1,000, while 2,000 will be allowed at seated or open space events, and the capacity for seated indoor events will go up to 400.
  • Event organisers are now able to apply to their local authority to stage larger events.
  • Hospitality venues will be required to close at midnight. In indoor public spaces the physical distance requirement will be reduced from two metres to one metre for different household groups. 
  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 15 people from 15 households: “Because meeting outdoors is less risky than indoors, there will be no requirement to distance within these groups of 15. However, for the next three weeks at least, there will be a requirement for 1m distancing between different groups of 15.” 
  • Face coverings will continue to be mandatory, except when seated at events, in order to offer protection to those who are vulnerable.  
  • Event attendees will still be required to provide contact details to assist NHS Scotland’s Test & Protect.

Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group met on 6th July to discuss a number of critical agenda points directly related to the restart and recovery of the events sector. At the meeting, it was decided that a dedicated mitigation workstream will be set-up in order to provide the Scottish Government with continued input, knowledge and experience of how mitigations may work in practice at events/ venues. 

Paul Bush OBE (Director of Events, VisitScotland) said: “The Event Industry Advisory Group continues to engage robustly and constructively with the Scottish Government, providing valuable insight, expertise and opinion across a range of key areas. 

The forthcoming weeks and months will once again be critical for the events sector. The industry is looking forward to the prospect of further easing of restrictions, but in tandem, they are understandably looking for greater clarity on the possible baseline event mitigations which may still be required in certain circumstances, as well as the ongoing need for wider support for those within the sector.” 

To read the Event Industry Advisory Group Update click here 

Sources: Scottish Government & EventScotland

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