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Advice for events and gatherings during Covid-19 pandemic

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Advice is being offered to anyone staging an event or gathering in St Albans District during the Covid-19 pandemic.

St Albans City and District Council is offering the help following the Government’s decision to impose a rule of six.

This rule, intended to prevent the spread of the virus, means it is now illegal to meet in groups in excess of six people.

However, there are some exemptions including allowing more than six if all the people are from the same or from two linked households.

Other exceptions require a coronavirus risk assessment to have been completed.

One allows for more than six people to be together at a property run by a business, charity or public body such as an office.

Another is for the staging of an event run by a business, charity or public body in an outdoor space.

Gatherings of up to 15 may be allowed for some significant events such as a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, christening or naming ceremony or other such event.

A further exception is a funeral with up to 30 people being allowed to attend.

The Government’s advice on holding events and a coronavirus risk assessment form is available on the Council’s website here:

Anyone who wants further advice can contact the Council by emailing

Organisers of illegal events and gatherings can face fines while events that are being undertaken without following the rules can be shut down.

Councillor Chris White, the Council’s Leader, said:

It is vitally important that in the fight against Covid-19, the rules governing events and gatherings are upheld.

Along with other public agencies, such as the Police and Hertfordshire County Council, we will intervene if these rules are not being followed.

I would urge anyone who is planning a gathering, whether it is an event like a wedding or a get together among friends and family, to look beforehand at the Government advice on our website.

We are there to help anyone who is unsure of the rules and of what they need to do to keep within the law.

Our community is all together in this fight against the virus, so I am sure people will want to make themselves aware of the advice and stick to it.

The Government will issue separate advice for gatherings on Remembrance Sunday at a later date.

The Council has made a video explaining how residents can help keep the virus under control. It is available here:

Picture: Councillor Chris White, the Council Leader, appealing for help from residents in the fight against Covid-19.

Councillor contact:
Councillor Chris White, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Climate, Environment and Transport, Email:
Tel: 01727 845300.

Contact for the Council media:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer: 01727