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March 22, 2022

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Safe events

Carrying out COVID-19 status checks at a venue or event

The government has set out guidance is for organisations that choose to use the NHS COVID Pass or equivalent proof of vaccination or testing as a condition of entry, and how to operate the scheme.

It has been updated to reflect that people who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate. If any of your workers do a rapid lateral flow test at home or at a test site, and the result is positive, they are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Checking the COVID-19 status of attendees and the workforce is not mandatory. However, you should consider asking attendees to use the NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative method such as a negative test result, to demonstrate their COVID-19 status if you operate a venue where large crowds gather or people are likely to mix in close contact.

You should consider how COVID-19 status checks fit with your legal obligations, such as health and safety and equalities legislation. The NHS COVID Pass can be used to check that attendees are fully vaccinated, have recently recorded a negative test result or are exempt. The NHS COVID Pass shows the person’s COVID status only. It does not show information about why someone has that status.

There are some settings where COVID-19 status checks should not be used as a condition of entry. This is so everyone can access them. These include:

  • essential services such as hospitals or pharmacies
  • essential retailers such as supermarkets
  • public transport.

Schools and other education settings should not use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry for education or related activities such as exams or teaching or extra-curricular activities or any other day-to-day activities that are part of education or training.

Click here for a summary of this guidance.

Ensuring a safe return to face-to-face events

The last two years have been challenging for most sectors, but the events industry has been particularly badly affected. That’s going to be the focus of this episode, as we move back to more regular face-to-face events in the UK.

Listen to an events venue, London’s ExCeL, and an events business, Informa Markets, discuss how they have worked alongside industry associations and government to secure a swift and safe return to face-to-face events, in a post-pandemic world.

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