A new interim briefing has been published to provide support and strategic direction for festival organisers in the planning of festivals until the results of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and reviews on social distancing and Covid-Status Certification later this summer. 

The following chapters have recently been updated:

From 19th July 2021 events are permitted to go ahead without the restrictions of before.  However, there are still considerations that organisers need take, particularly with respect to those working for them and their responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act.   There are also some considerations of good practice and for providing the public with confidence.

To this end, new guidance has been published by the Government which sets out key considerations for those planning both indoor and outdoor events.   

 These can be found at:

In addition there is also specific guidance for:

The original EIF guidance for events is still available from the Events Industry Forum website.

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your audiences that your event business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

To support you as you work towards re-opening and welcoming customers, the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark is now available to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for all tourism businesses.  The standard can also be used to aid reassurance to local residents and audiences that clear processes are in place and that your event is safe and good to go.

Following protracted negotiations with the industry, the Health & Safety Executive has been told it has to enforce the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 in the event industry. However, those who have robust risk management systems in place may not be affected too much, they say. To explain, the HSE has issued the following guidance:

All current chapters are up to date.

If you wish to pass comment to the Working Group responsible for compiling the chapters, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting the appropriate chapter and paragraph.

The redrafting of The Purple Guide has involved many people from across the event industry, local and national government. We would like to acknowledge the following who have made a major contribution to its development