The Event Industry Forum (EIF) and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have today agreed guidance for restarting some elements of the UK’s £30.4 billion outdoor events industry.

 New guidance, compiled by EIF in consultation with Government departments, sets out how event organisers can restart some outdoor events this summer.

Today’s guidance specifically lists different types of organised outdoor events that can now safely go ahead with COVID-19 secure planning in place, including outdoor performances, county shows and firework displays. The Culture Secretary has announced that performances outdoors can take place from 11 July with a socially distanced audience.

The guidelines drawn up by the Event Industry Forum, with support from DCMS and representatives from across the events industry, will keep staff, performers and visitors safe at small-scale events this summer.

The outdoor event industry has welcomed the guidance as a positive step.

Our industry has been decimated by COVID-19 with most of the outdoor events planned for this summer and the Autumn already cancelled,” says Jim Winship, Secretary of the Events Industry Forum.   “Nevertheless, publication of this guidance gives the green light which we hope will enable some smaller events to take place.

“We hope this will just the first step on the road to recovery which will allow the outdoor event industry to return at full blast in 2021.”

The guidance can be found on the EIF website at The Events Industry Forum is an informal body which brings together event trade bodies, educational establishments and enforcement agencies twice a year to discuss issues of common interest.   The Forum also publishes The Purple Guide which provides guidance for organising outdoor events and which was originally published by the Health & Safety Executive.

Members of the Events Industry Forum

  • Association of Circus Proprietors
  • Association of Festival Organisers
  • Association of Independent Festivals
  • Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations
  • Association of Stage Pyrotechnics
  • British Air Display Association
  • British Arts Festivals Association
  • British Pyrotechnic Association
  • Business Visits and Events Partnership
  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Event Hire Association
  • Event Supplier and Services Association
  • Institution of Occupational Safety & Health
  • Local Authority Event Organisers’ Group
  • Made Up Textiles Association
  • National Association of Outdoor Events
  • National Caterers’ Association
  • National Police Chief’s Council
  • National Traction Engine Trust
  • Outdoor Arts UK
  • Portable Sanitation Europe
  • Production Services Association
  • Professional Lighting & Sound Association
  • Rugby Football Union
  • The Concert Promoters Association
  • The Event Services Association
  • The National Centre for Resilience Learning and Development (EPC)
  • The Showman’s Guild of GB
  • The UK Crowd Management Association