Public Health guidance for event managers

    As the measures to control the transmission of COVID-19 ease, there is a risk that our infection rates could begin to grow once again. In order to protect our residents, and build confidence in public events in the borough, it is imperative that we are able to reassure the public that we are taking a responsible approach to event management, and that our events do not lead to an increase in positive cases.

    Operating within the national framework and in accordance with the road map, local authorities can allow or prohibit organised events from taking place in their local area.

    Decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to both the risks and the mitigations in place as well as the economic and social benefits that events offer to local communities.

    A range of guidance has been produced for event organisers by Government, as well as COVID-19 secure working guidance to protect staff, visitors and customers. This can all be found on the GOV.UK website:

    In addition, the Association of Event Organisers has produced further event recovery guidance in partnership with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

    This guidance document has been produced to support event managers operating in Cheshire to cover indoor and outdoor events involving more than 30 people.

    Under what conditions does COVID-19 spread easily?

    Any situation in which people are near one another for long periods of time increases the risk of transmission. Indoor locations, especially settings where there is poor or no ventilation, are riskier than outdoor locations.

    Transmission can occur more easily in the "Three C's":

    • Crowded places with many people nearby.
    • Close-contact settings, especially where people have conversations very near each other.
    • Confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

    The risk of COVID-19 spreading is higher in places where these "3Cs" overlap.

    Symptoms of COVID-19

    • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. You do not need to measure your temperature
    • a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual
    • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    If you have other flu-like symptoms such as, body aches, persistent headaches, sore throat, tiredness, shortness of breath, nausea or diarrhoea you should also get a test.

    COVID-19 testing with symptoms