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DCMS new Local Authority Guidance and what it means for you


Late on Tuesday evening [April 6] the Guild received direct news from DCMS (the Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) that there is new Guidance, that they have just published: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Organised events guidance for local authorities.

  • We shall issue a detailed analysis of this, once the DCMS have completed the move of the Visitor Economy Guidance (that was issued three weeks ago) into this new guidance, which they are in the middle of doing now.
  • In the same way as we issued a detailed analysis to you all, of the Visitor Economy Guidance itself, just three weeks ago.

Essentially, all the things that you have to do to get open are unchanged and all the things the Local Authorities have to do are unchanged.

It’s just that DCMS want to make it clearer, especially to councils and their Public Health colleagues, that events like Fairs should go ahead and for there not to be ‘blanket bans’

Just as an example: an early paragraph in the new version of the guidance usefully points out (with hotlinks like before):

“Event organisers follow all relevant COVID-secure guidance depending on the type of event and complete a related risk assessment. This guidance varies according to the type of event and could include outdoor eventsfunfairsperforming arts or sports events (full list in the Existing guidance section).”

Do look out for a more detailed analysis of this new guidance – the document that is going to help you in discussing with councils to get open

Meanwhile, below are details of the direct message to us from late on Tuesday afternoon [April 6]

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 5:35 PM
Subject: Events Guidance for Local Authorities
To: Des Fitzgerald <

Dear Des,

I wanted to draw your attention to the events guidance just published for local authorities, (link to the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-events-guidance-for-local-authorities)

It is owned by DCMS and worked up in conjunction with MHCLG.

The section will therefore be taken out of the Visitor Economy guidance document  – owned by our team – in order to reflect the full roadmap and a wider range of sectors.

We have made sure to keep all previous content and hopefully improve on it, in many cases:

  • g. you’ll see that we have been able to provide more clarity on the underpinning rationale for permitting events at each step,
  • and have been able to secure a more directive line on permitting events wherever possible
  • and not, for example, issuing blanket bans.

This guidance will be shared widely with local authorities and our hope is that it brings more consistency to decision-making. 





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