Updating guidance launched today (13th October 2020) includes contributions from across the festival industry working in collaboration with DCMS and Public Health England.

The following chapters have recently been updated:

The Events Industry Forum has published official guidance to help employers, employees, volunteers and the self-employed, and their customers and attendees, in the outdoor event industry in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping as many people as possible socially distanced from outside of their household or support bubble, in line with the latest government regulations.

The guidance has been drawn up with input from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and is available from the Events Industry Forum website.

National restrictions apply in England from 6 January. People should stay at home where possible and should only travel to work if they cannot work from home.
Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.  

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