07 July 2020
As you may be aware, new government rules now offer the chance to run socially distanced open air events. It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). However, Government Guidelines state that ‘Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID 19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment.‘
An example of this is Gosforth Park, which will open in August and provide open air events during a time when a number of festivals have been cancelled.
Ticketholders will be provided with their own personal viewing platform. Each platform will be at least two metres from its neighbour, allowing household groups to remain distant from other ticktholders. Food and drinks will be available to pre-order. Toilets will be accessible via a one-way system.
Obviously, building a platform is unnecessarry for most local events but simply painting chalk circles on a football pitch would do. Setting up your event will be a challenge but as long as you keep to the rules their is no reason why you can’t START FUNDRAISING AGAIN.