DCMS has updated the guidance for councils when assess proposals for organised events. The new guidance updates and clarifies the rules around catering and hospitality for events being held prior to 19th July.
The guidance is that:
Outdoor hospitality at events is permitted in groups of up to 30 people and indoor hospitality at events will be permitted in groups of up to 6 people, or with one other household. There is a requirement for food and drink to be consumed at the table. This means:
- if the venue sells alcohol, then all food and drink must be ordered, served and consumed at a table
- where the sale of alcohol is not offered, customers will need to be seated when consuming food and drink, but can order and collect food and drink from a counter
- if the venue is a cinema, theatre, concert hall or sportsground, then customers with a ticket to the event are able to collect food and drink (including alcoholic drink) to consume at their seats, rather than having to be served at a table
Where there is no seating available, the stall or outlet can provide a takeaway or delivery service. Takeaway food and drink cannot be consumed in the stall or outlet, or in an area adjacent to the stall or outlet, and customers should be reminded to adhere to safe social distancing when queuing for food and drink by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that customers can follow or employing extra marshals to enforce this.
At festivals, the individual vendors would be considered the restricted business, rather than the festival site as a whole. Therefore a vendor may either:
- Sell takeaways that can be consumed elsewhere on the festival site (including alcohol if no seating is provided adjacent to the vendor, and there is no seating adjacent to the vendor which is habitually used by customers to consume food or drink served by the vendor);
- If serving alcohol for consumption on seating at or adjacent to the vendor, provide table service; or
- If the vendor does not serve alcohol, but is serving food or drink for consumption on seating at or adjacent to the vendor, try to enforce that customers remain seated whilst consuming the food and drink they serve.
indoor private dining events such as charity or gala dinners and awards ceremonies, and corporate hospitality, are permitted. COVID-19 guidance for bars, pubs and takeaway services should be followed for these events. Events organisers must ensure in particular:
- tables are spaced out to ensure 2m social distancing is in place or 1m with barriers between tables
- attendees are in groups of no more than 6 people, or two households, and do not mix with any other groups at the event
- seating is assigned and carefully controlled to ensure attendees do not mix with any other table, including approaching other tables or sitting at different tables
- food and drink is consumed by attendees while they are seated
- attendees wear face coverings whenever not seated at their table
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