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:

This document, effective from 11th March 2021, is designed to help all those involved in organising or attending outdoor events in England understand how to operate safely during this pandemic, keeping as many people as possible socially distanced.

This guidance contains the latest information and has been comprehensively restructured – so please use this rather than previous versions - and is 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