Events in Bury: Restrictions due to coronavirus

As part of Bury's Coronavirus Response and Recovery activity a multi-agency Event Safety Advisory Group has been established composed of colleagues from Public Health, regulatory services across the Council (including licensing, environmental health and operations), Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service. This group is to consider potential events across the Borough, assessing the proposals in light of both regulatory responsibilities and managing public health risks in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Current national legislation prohibits physical events from taking place and people should remain at home.

As such any events are be held online. There have been many examples in recent months of streamed activity allowing people to engage in an event in a safe way.

Whilst the government has outlined a road-map out of lockdown the exact legislation on permitted activity and the dates that this would be permissible from is yet to be confirmed.

Whilst any level of restrictions are in place, all event organisers should complete a covid risk assessment to detail mitigations proposed to reduce transmission and approaches to ensure assurance of these. This should consider the following.

  • Capacity of an event - both in terms of ensuring social distancing can be fully observed and national legislation on capacity limits.
  • Measures to enable social distancing to be observed, for example, one-way systems, floor markers, stewards to control the flow of people and different entrance/ exit points to avoid people congregating at fixed points.
  • Track and Trace arrangements to capture the details of those attending should they need to be contacted.
  • Sanitation measures to promote and maintain high levels of hygiene.

If you are planning on holding an event please send your Covid risk assessment to for consideration by the Events Safety Advisory Group. This should be done as early as possible in event planning to allow time for consideration.

Government guidance on working safely during coronavirus

Whilst this guidance relates to the performing arts, the guidance outlines measures which should be followed for wider events.

Events guidance

Visit our events guidance page for the following information for event organisers.

  • Organising events - a good practice guide
  • How to apply to use Leisure Services land, such as a public park
  • Street party or a small community event guide