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Coronavirus (COVID-19): cultural performances and events guidance

Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 - see all updates
Published: 18 Aug 2021

Guidance for the cultural performances and events sector.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cultural performances and events guidance
Live events

Live events

From 5am on 24 January 2022, restrictions on attendances at events (including indoor), physical distancing and seated alcohol consumption requirements in hospitality and leisure will be removed from regulations.

Vaccine certificates or record of a negative COVID-19 test result (LFD or PCR)

COVID-19 vaccine certification or a record of a recent negative COVID-19 test result (from either a Lateral Flow Device or PCR) is needed to get into the following :

  • late night premises with music, which serve alcohol at any time between midnight and 5am and have a designated place for dancing for customers
  • indoor events (unseated) with 500 or more people
  • outdoor events (unseated) with 4,000 or more people
  • any event with 10,000 or more people

Venues holding less than 999 attendees

For nightclubs and similar late night premises, and for smaller events (with 999 or less attendees), the expectation would be that a 100% check of every vaccine certificate or negative test should, in most cases, be reasonable.

Venues holding 1000 or more attendees

If certification applies, the organisers should should judge whether it’s practical to check proof of vaccine status/ record of a negative COVID-19 test/evidence of exemption for everyone attending while maintaining public order.

If this is not possible they should plan to carry out as many checks as is reasonably practical. They should take into account public order considerations and advice from Local Authority Officers. From 17 January 2022, event organisers must plan to check the certification status of at least 50% of attendees, or at least 1,000 people - whichever figure is higher.

All live events

All live events should continue to follow requirements on face coverings and guidance on ventilation, hygiene and cleaning, and any other relevant mitigation measures. A checklist for live events is available.



First published: 18 Aug 2021 Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 -