Events 2021 season FAQs
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
The council made the decision in March to limit public events on our land for the 2021 season. We will not be allowing any medium or large events on our land until the end of July.
From the end of July to 1 November only existing events which already have a booking will be allowed to go ahead. Regretfully we are not able to consider requests for new events and they will not be allowed during this time.
This allows for some slippage if the date that Step 4 of the government's roadmap is extended after 21 June. Social distancing is expected to cease but it could be later if infections increase.
Also, all adults are expected to have been offered their first vaccination by the end of July providing some protection from serious COVID-19 infections. There is potential for numerous events causing a local surge in COVID-19 cases prior to all persons being offered at least one vaccine. Further waves of infections, especially if it was caused by a more infectious variant could hit us harder.
The potential for large events becoming 'super spreader events', if risk is uncontrolled.
There are a number of events that were already scheduled or have been postponed from 2020 that are now condensed into a shorter time period due to the government roadmap restrictions.
Events require a huge amount of work in the background for a range of council officers and the emergency services. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on all these services, as we have all been working together under very challenging circumstances to develop and implement the local multi-agency response to the pandemic, in support of our local communities. Although the country is gradually progressing along the Government's roadmap to recovery, and the lockdown rules are slowly being lifted, all these public bodies continue to be hard pressed to maintain their normal essential services, whilst continuing to respond to additional COVID challenges as a result of the lifting of restrictions and a busier summer season.
The lack of multi-agency capacity to support the organisers of 'new' events to the town. This support is essential for events we have no previous experience of working with.
If you already have a booking for 2021 for an event of over 500 people then you will need to complete and submit your event management plan, which is due 75 days before your event date.
If you do not already have a booking, then we are afraid it will not be allowed to take place before 1 November 2021. >
An event for less than 500 people on council owned/operated land can still be considered by the council. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org where you can outline your event proposal and we will consider it.
Yes. We are hoping that events can return to normal next year. All events that are undertaken on council land will need to apply initially using the event booking form.
Once this form has been assessed and looked at by council officers the event organiser will be contacted.
For all new events a meeting will then be arranged to discuss the initial proposal.
Events 2021 season FAQs