Hosting an event in Wyre
Hosting an event in Wyre - the current position
Update 4 March 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22 February to the Covid 19 response roadmap, Wyre Council and the Wyre Safety Advisory Group have developed a joint statement on the immediate future of live events in Wyre.
It is great news that we can now look forward to welcoming back event organisers and a diverse range of events, but we need to do this in the safest way possible. According to the roadmap we are not in a position to lift any conditions on mass gatherings until 17 May at the earliest. Therefore the current prohibition on events continues. This means the council will not be accepting any use of land licence applications for events proposed to take place before 17 May. Each application will be assessed according to the 4 pillars of Covid secure guidelines.
The only exceptions are:
- Organised sport activities, (such as matches and training sessions) should be limited to sports facilities such as playing pitches which are pre-bookable, rather than using multi-use public spaces. These activities are therefore not relevant to the same event application processes. The council will not accept applications for road races, cycling events on the promenade, or park runs that take place before 17 May 2021 (or later) dependent on infection data and the latest Government guidance.
- Organised outdoor health and fitness activities, such as personal training and boot camps that take place on council land will need to be approved through our new fitness permit application process from 29 March before this type of activity can be delivered. More information will be published on this when available.
It is important to note that there is an understanding that 17 May event capacities, highlighted in the roadmap are based on open air events in controlled areas, and not just open mixed use public spaces, such as promenades. There is a concern based on significant increases in coastal and green space footfall, and the looming holiday months, that events, particularly large scale running events would need to be timely to avoid mixing and crowd density hazards.
The timing of these events needs to be carefully considered when applications are submitted.
If you have any queries, please call the Arts and Events Development Officer: 01253 887450
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