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EIF - Events industry welcomes guidance for restarting

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 

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For further press information please contact: Jim Winship on 07850 104034 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

About the Forum

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. See 

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