We can't say what impact COVID-19 will be having in June 2022, or the measures that will be in place, but it's very likely the virus will still be part of our day-to-day lives.
The organiser is part of a collective of households and for these street party events it is assumed that there will be collective responsibility to hold a safe event. The Prime Minister has stated that we must now “live with the virus” and most if not all the Coronavirus legislation has been revoked. The pandemic however is still with us, and we must all remain cautious and protect the NHS from becoming overwhelmed. The government, under health and safety legislation, still advises that measures should remain in place to reduce the chance of cross-contamination, and these include ventilation and sanitisation. Although no longer a legal requirement, other precautions might include:
- having a dedicated COVID-19 volunteer
- advising households not to attend if displaying any COVID-19 symptoms
- households should sit at their own table and avoid sitting with people they do not know well
- household tables should have at least 1m gap in between other household tables
- households should provide their own food and drinks
- households should provide their own cutlery/cups/tableware etc.
- although outdoors, face covering can still be worn if desirable and should be available to those that want to wear one or those who are vulnerable
- hand sanitiser station should available and be located especially in areas where food is offered
Any precautions if introduced will ultimately be a collective decision and each household may make their own arrangement to protect themselves.
In line with current government guidance, in England it is advised you should take a rapid lateral flow test:
- if you will be in a high-risk situation that day
- before you visit people, who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19
You are at higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 when:
- in crowded and enclosed spaces
- there is limited fresh air
This will help reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading at the event. It should be made clear to people that are planning on attending that should they be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms they should not attend the event and should self-isolate and book a PCR test.
Visit the government's website to keep informed of all the latest national guidance.