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).