COVID-19 risk assessment
Events 2021 season update
Following on from the government's 'roadmap' announcement about reopening the economy post COVID-19, Hastings Borough Council has considered its position in respect of events on its land.
There is a nervousness about large events happening here too soon. Hastings was badly hit by coronavirus in the second wave, with over 200 deaths.
As the vaccination program expands it is hoped that all adults over the age of 18 will have been offered their first vaccination by the end of July.
As a result of the above, the council's policy is not to allow medium to large events on its land until at least the end of July.
We are currently looking at allowing booked medium to large events to commence from 31 July. This is some weeks after entering step 4 of the government's road map allowing for some date slippage. Although social distancing is expected to cease from step 4 (21 June), it could be some time later if infections increase.
Events that have been booked in for the 2021 season have now been condensed into a shorter season. This means there is a reduced capacity in events for 2021.
As a result of some events being moved later into the calendar year and the ongoing risk of COVID-19, only existing events which already have a booking will be allowed until at least 1 November 2021.
This means that 'new' events, which the council has not already been notified of, will not be allowed until this time.Read Government roadmap
When events start up again event organisers will need to ensure they undertake a COVID-secure Risk Assessment as part of the overarching event Risk Assessment.
A COVID-secure Risk Assessment is based on:
- identifying the contact points
- where, when and how transmission at the event is most likely to occur; and,
- assigning the controls best able to reduce the risk of transmission.
To assist event organisers the association of event organisers (AEO) and other recognised industry bodies have created specific Risk Assessment templates to assist with this documentation.
For small events please see the basic outdoor event COVID-19 risk assessment(.pdf).
For medium to large events please see the comprehensive outdoor event COVID-19 Risk Assessment (.pdf).
The Sussex Local Authority Resilience Partnership (SLARP) has also produced guidance explaining what you should consider when planning a public event during the COVID-19 Pandemic(.pdf).
COVID-19 risk assessment
- Basic outdoor event COVID-19 risk assessment
- Comprehensive outdoor event COVID-19 risk assessment
- Sussex Local Authority Resilience Partnership guidance
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