Updates to the visitor economy guidance

The visitor economy section of the Working safely during Coronavirus guidance has been updated to reflect step 3 (now confirmed as 17 May) of the roadmap.

In Step 3, the following measures will apply:

  • Visitor attractions and recreational venues can open both indoor and outdoor areas. This includes:
  • Games and recreation facilities, such as bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, laser quest, escape rooms, paintballing, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks) and trampolining centres
  • Water parks and theme parks
  • Animal attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife centres
  • Attractions such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks.
  • Most indoor and outdoor entertainment venues can open to the public.This includes venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, arcades and bingo halls.
  • Indoor and outdoor events can take place, but measures apply – including following COVID-secure and social distancing guidance.

Events permitted from Step 3 (which include business events such as conferences and exhibitions, live performances, and sport events) should follow all COVID-secure guidance, adhere to all legal requirements, and take all reasonable action to mitigate risk to public health. An event cannot take place in either Step 2 or Step 3 if it is unlikely that social distancing between groups of attendees can be maintained, or if other COVID-secure requirements cannot be met. This may be the case for events such as music festivals and carnivals.

Capacity restrictions apply to both indoor events (1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower) and outdoor events (4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower).

Further guidance can be found in the sections for business meetings and events and other events and attractions.