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Temporary Event Notices during COVID-19

Our guidance to help you make sure you deliver a safe event 

Working safely guidance

The Government updated the working safely during coronavirus guidance for performing arts on 13 August 2020. The guidance confirms that performing arts can now take place both indoors and outdoors with limited and socially distanced audiences present. This includes:

  • theatres
  • opera
  • dance
  • music

Guidance by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport has been published to help performing arts organisations, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can:

  • work and take part in the performing arts safely
  • keep their audiences safe

Risk assessments

A thorough risk assessment must be in place before any event. This must include how you’re going to follow guidance in relation to COVID-19 measures to ensure that:

  • performers and members of the public alike are safe
  • the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus is reduced

To reduce the potential risk of objections being made by the Police or Environmental Health to your Temporary Event Notice (TEN), we recommend you submit your risk assessment with your TEN application. This will allow us to properly consider the measures you intend to put in place. It may help prevent possible objections which would result in:

  • the event not going ahead under a late TEN
  • a formal hearing being necessary for a standard TEN

Guidance for those organising an event

The following guidance may help you to organise a safe event.

Further information

You can apply for a TEN on our Temporary Event Notice page.