30/12/20: Revised Tiers have been announced today and you can see the latest info on this here https://www.hbaa.org.uk/news/covid-19-updates/covid-19-latest-news; however there are currently no changes to the visitor economy guidance for England, including that relating to permitted meetings and events, as indicated below.
Additional Guidance added 23/12/20:-
Restrictions for areas in tier 4 have also been added. View the guidance as well as to find out the restrictions in place for your business, including, for example, social contact rules, advice for guided tours and coach tours, as well as guidance for wedding, civil partnership, wakes and commemorative events. The guidance also includes the exemptions of when a hotel and other guest accommodation in tier 4 in England can remain open, plus examples of when a business event and meeting venues can be used.
Advice on organised outdoor events in tier 4 has also been published. Entertainment venues must close including: fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks as well as outdoor Santa’s grottos. Outdoor business events (such as trade shows and exhibitions) and elite sporting events are not permitted. Performing art venues will be closed to audiences, including outdoor performing art activities. All other outdoor events organised by businesses, charitable organisations and public bodies, such as car boot sales, and literary fairs are not permitted.
View the updated visitor economy guidance.
- Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England has been updated. Wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations are not permitted to take place in Tier 4.
- Working safely during coronavirus guidance on performing arts has been updated to include tier 4: stay at home restrictions. The guidance says that:
- in tiers 3 and 4: indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, such as theatres, concert halls and music venues will be closed to audiences.
- However training, rehearsals, and performances without an audience for broadcast or recording purposes may continue in theatres and concert halls.
In addition, Outdoor theatres and concert venues will remain open for drive-in only in tier 3 areas but must close in tier 4 areas. Outdoor performing arts activity can still take place in line with this guidance. Read the guidance.
Below Guidance published 21/12/20
The published regulations still allow for work, education and training up to 30 people. However, there is a strong message in law for people to stay at home for those in Tier 4. Therefore, venues and organisers should give serious consideration as to why these need to take place now and why they can't be done from home.
The newly published amendments make it illegal for someone in Tier 4 to leave the place that they are living without reasonable excuse
Restrictions on leaving home
1.—(1) No person who lives in the Tier 4 area may leave or be outside of the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.
The list of exemptions to this include
- To buy certain goods (eg food and medicine) and services (banking)
- Matters related to house sale or residential rentals
- Were required for work
- Elite Athletes
- Medical treatment
- Support/respite/ death bed visit
- Funerals and weddings
- Exception 11: returning home
- (16) Exception 11 is that it is reasonably necessary for P to be outside P’s home to enable P to return home from any place where P was on holiday immediately before this Schedule came into force.
The amendments make it illegal for a person to organise of be involved in a gathering of people with a number of exemptions – the most relevant being:
- Training that is required for qualifications
- Work-related meetings
- Weddings (max 6 people)
Food and Drink
The restrictions on food and beverage businesses are basically the same as Tier 3 – only delivery or takeaway except for room service. There are exemptions for ports/airports/motorway service areas and two channel tunnel rail areas.
- sell food or drink for consumption off the premises between the hours of 05:00 and 23:00
- sell food or drink for consumption off the premises between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00 by delivery or collection in response to internet or phone orders or by drive through
There is also an exemption for food and drink services on transport services
The restrictions for accommodation businesses in Tier 4 are also basically the same as Tier 3 in that all accommodation has to close but is able to provide accommodation to a person who:
- needs the accommodation for work
- is unable to return to their main residence
- uses that accommodation as their main residence
- needs accommodation for the purposes of a house move
- needs accommodation to attend a funeral or following a bereavement of a close family member or friend
- needs accommodation to attend a commemorative event to celebrate the life of a person who has died
- needs accommodation to attend a medical appointment, or to receive treatment
- is a carer of a vulnerable person or a person who has a disability and needs respite
- is isolating themselves from others as required by law
- is an elite athlete or the coach of an elite athlete and needs accommodation for the purposes of training or competition or, where an elite athlete is a child, their parent
- needs accommodation to visit a person who is dying
- is homeless or seeking refuge
Importantly, accommodation businesses are allowed to host people who were staying in that accommodation immediately before the time when the area in which the accommodation is located became part of the Tier 4 area,
All indoor and outdoor attractions are required to close including safari parks. The exemptions being
- outdoor areas at visitor attractions such as:
- sculpture parks
- landmarks, including observation wheels or viewing platforms
- botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- stately or historic homes, castles or other heritage sites;
Conference and Events
Conference centres and exhibition halls are required to close so far as they are used to host conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining events or banquets, other than conferences, trade shows or events which are attended only by employees of the person who owns or is responsible for running the conference centre or exhibition hall.