Events in Bury: Restrictions due to coronavirus

As part of Bury's 10 point Coronavirus Recovery Plan 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. 

Events are encouraged to be held online where possible, either in entirety or with no audience and activity streamed online, to maximise those who can take part in a safe way and reduce the risk of crowds gathering which could increase transmission.

For all events a Covid risk assessment is to be carried out to show mitigations proposed to reduce transmission and approaches to ensure assurance of these. This should consider the following.

  • Capacity of an event. It is recommended that whilst additional local restrictions are in place across Greater Manchester that events do not exceed a capacity of 30. This includes those managing the event.
  • 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.

Local outbreak restrictions

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