As we continue to work closely with our colleagues at DCMS, the BVEP and other stakeholders, we are providing some updated guidance for the hotel, meetings and events sector following some further responses over the past few days.
General government updates
Guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in England has been updated for a number of sectors, with further detail provided in the relevant links:
- The visitor economy
- Heritage locations
- Hotels and other guest accommodation
- Performing arts
- Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
DCMS responses to previous specific questions of clarification
Corporate golf days
It has been confirmed that corporate golf days are permitted, in line with guidance for the sport sector. With regards to hospitality, venues would need to comply with the latest guidance around separating groups of 6 and the wearing of masks when not seated etc.
Further confirmation that Business meetings and events of up to 30 people indoors are allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. The rule of six does not apply to work, education and training activities.
Hotel function spaces
It has been confirmed with BEIS that permitted venues can operate in the same way as restaurants with tables of six in a function room/event space. Such venues would need to comply with relevant planning, alcohol licensing and other requirements. The Covid-19 Secure guidance is blind to what a venue was previously used for. It is just concerned with how to achieve a safe environment for premises used as restaurants, pubs, cafes etc.
We will continue to provide further updates to our clients and stakeholders as they become available and work as closely as possible with our colleagues across Government and key trade and advocacy bodies to support the meetings and events sector throughout this challenging time for our industry.
As always, do get in touch with any of our team if there is anything we can do to help.