2020 was a completely unprecedented year for the events industry, with the trend continuing into 2021. Although we’ve all mastered the art of attending events virtually, the end of lockdown is on the horizon. Thanks to the genius management of covid-safe venues in London, we can plan and look forward to actual events once again. To help you get back in action, we will discuss the latest updates on covid venue safety in London.
In this post we will examine:
- Covid-safe venues London: updates
- Covid venue safety
- Covid-safe venues and events in London
- London – covid-safe venues
Covid- safe venues London: updates
Now that things are starting to return to normal with London easing out of lockdown, we are all excited to start hosting and attending events again in the capital. While we are excited, it is important to host and attend events in London safely. The Greater London Authority has published guidelines for events in London to ensure that there are covid secure venues during covid.
The government has prepared a roadmap out of lockdown, and so far all is going according to plan. The UK now has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world, with almost 28 million people receiving at least their first dose of the vaccine. The rest of the adult population, outside of priority groups, is planned to be offered their first dose by the end of July. This means many people will be fully vaccinated by the summer, so things are looking up for the events and hospitality industries.
Covid venue safety
We should all be reassured of the safety of venues during covid, as the government’s Events Research Programme is busily preparing for events to begin again. The Events Research Programme will be using innovative methods to prevent coronavirus from spreading, such as experimental layouts, improved ventilation, and the use of rapid lateral flow tests before and after events. Venues are being opened with social distancing measures in place to ensure that we can get back attending the events we love as soon as possible.
Covid-safe venues and events in London
- 29th March: From 29th March people have been allowed to participate in organised outdoor sporting events.
- 12th April: Outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks have been gradually opening up with enforced social distancing. Non-essential retail, gyms, and swimming pools have been allowed to open again. Indoor mixing between households is still not possible, but hospitality venues are allowed to serve alcohol to takeaway.
- 12th April: Currently weddings and other commemorative events only allow 15 members to attend. Wedding receptions allow 15 attendees at any COVID-19 outdoor secure venue.
- 17th May: By mid-May, up to 30 people can gather outdoors. Two households will be allowed to mix indoors, with the rule of six applying in hospitality settings. Indoor spaces like cinemas, museums, hotels, and sporting venues will be allowed to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Large events, such as conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events will be reinstated.
- 17th May: Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
- 17th May: weddings, receptions, funerals, and wakes can take place with a maximum of 30 attendees. Other life events will also be allowed such as christenings and other religious ceremonies.
- 17th May: Good news for sports fans, as up to 10,000 people can attend the biggest outdoor venues such as football stadiums.
- 21st June: By 21st June we will be allowed to socialise freely again with all legal parameters lifted, meaning that nightclubs will be allowed to open. Weddings and other life events will have no limits on attendees.
Now that happy times are here again, here are some amazing events to book at covid-safe venues in 2021.
London – covid-safe venues
If you are looking to host an event, here are a range of COVID secure venues which are currently taking bookings.
- Cavendish Venues have a range of COVID secure meeting rooms for booking.
- Kensington Conference and Events Centre is also available for booking.
- Chelsea Old Town Hall is a popular spot for weddings and is working under government guidelines.
- The Orangery, Holland Park is also available for parties.
- The Royal Horticultural Halls are available for large events.
- The Bethnal Hall at Town Hall Hotel is a versatile venue that can be adapted for a variety of events including meetings and events and weddings.
- The Japan House Hall in Kensington is COVID-secure and safe for exhibitions and events.
- University of London Venues, Senate House and Garden Halls are currently permitted to be used as essential business meeting spaces and film production venues and are taking early bookings for later on in the year.
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