Following questions we have received for events for Step 2 (from the earliest 12 April) as England comes out of lockdown we have been making further enquiries to be confident on the advice we are giving you.
We have done this by obtained advice and guidance from the sources which many of the rally organisers recognise as providing official guidance.
The sources we used include the official Government event advice and, as directed by DCMS, the Event Industry Forum who brings together event industry trade associations and similar bodies to discuss issues of common interest.
Following phone calls and emails with these sources we are confident the following advice is correct*:
STEP 1 (from the 29 March) – No events are allowed.
STEP 2 (no earlier than the 12 April) – It’s not cut and dried. Most outdoor events are NOT allowed. We have been told that only very specific events are permitted, these are mainly drive in events(think drive in cinemas). However it is your Local Authority who will decide what events can proceed and they are being given more guidance over the next few days. Advice MUST be sought from the Local Authority in which the land belongs and we believe approval to hold an event is very unlikely to be given.
STEP 3 (no earlier than 17 May) – Outdoor events for up to 4000 people are allowed. They can only be organised by registered businesses and charities, etc. (following covid secure protocol).
*please see previous advice on travel, limits on group sizes, overnight stays, and what individuals are allowed to do in informal groups, etc.
We will update information on what detecting clubs can do in Steps 2 and 3 if guidance changes or more detailed advice is released.