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Gatherings and events for Islanders, organisations and businesses

Gatherings and events guidance for Islanders

The risk of COVID-19 transmission is greater indoors. To help reduce that risk you are advised to:

  • meet outdoors, not indoors
  • meet the same small number of people as opposed to lots of different people

It is an offence to gather in groups of more than 10 people whether indoors, outdoors or in person’s home or garden. Under the COVID-19 (Gathering Control) (Jersey) Order 2020.

The exception is the solemnisation of weddings and civil partnerships, funeral and religious services. These can be up to 40 people but the person organising the service is responsible in law for complying with public health guidance.

Gatherings in people’s homes and gardens

Avoid gathering in other people’s homes or gardens unless it is for essential reasons like caring for a vulnerable relative or providing emotional support.

If you meet indoors follow public health guidance:

  • wash your hands
  • wear a mask
  • stay 2 metres apart from people from other households.

Gatherings in homes or gardens must not exceed 10 people, this number does not include children aged 3 or under.

Gatherings indoor

Avoid gatherings indoors. If you do meet, follow public health guidance:

  • wash your hands
  • wear a mask
  • stay 2 metres apart from people from other households

Gatherings in indoor places which are not a person’s home must not exceed 10 people, including any children.

Gatherings outdoors

If you're meeting people outside of your home keep a distance of 2 metres or more between different households

Gatherings in outdoor places must not exceed 10 people, including any children.

Children’s gatherings

Up to 10 members of an established children’s clubs or activity group can gather together. The club or activity group must be organised by a responsible adult who must ensure compliance with public health guidance.

This can be outdoors or indoors except for in a person’s home or a workplace that is closed in law.

Members includes any children or parents who are participating in the club or activity group, but does not include the person/s organising the group.

Children's outdoor sport activities may take place up to a maximum of 35.

Key Public Health messages for gatherings


    follow the gathering guidance


    minimise the number of households who get together as much as practically possible


    keep a distance of 2 metres between all households


    wash your hands regularly


    wear a mask


    keeps records of who you socialise with to support the contact tracing team if you test positive or are found to be a direct contact of a positive case


  • stay alert to you or anyone in your household developing symptoms, contact the helpline and isolate from others until a negative result or advised by the contact tracing team


  • take extra care if you're meeting someone who is higher risk to make sure the risk of passing on the virus is minimise

Guidance for organisations and businesses

Social events and gatherings are a catalyst for the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces, and the risk of transmission appears to be proportional to the closeness and frequency of the interaction between an infected individual and an individual who is not infected.

Rule of 10 people

Social events and gathering are permitted for a maximum of 10 people. This includes events taking place indoors, outdoors or in a person's home.

If the event is taking place in a person's home, children aged three years or under fall outside the rule of 10.

Social events and gatherings cannot be arranged in workplaces that are closed in law. This includes, for example:

  • licensed premises
  • restaurants and café (these are only open for takeaway food and bank)

If the event is in a workplace that is open in law (for example, a community hall) the rule of 10 only applies to guests and visitors. Staff who normally work in that place are excluded from the rule of 10.

The solemnisation of weddings and civil partnerships, funerals or religious services are the only events which are an exception to the rule of 10 people; 40 people are permitted.

Outdoor sports activity for children under the age of 18 for up to 35 are also permitted.

Organisers of events should:

  • comply with public health guidelines (see below)
  • take account of the available space, as the law requires people from different households to be 2m apart in some venues, such as food and drink premises. You cannot have 10 people if they cannot remain 2m apart.

Organisers of public events must gain permission of the Bailiff's Panel.

Further details on Bailiff's Panel permission

If you require further advice on what is permitted you can also email 

For more information on gatherings see: COVID-19 (GATHERING CONTROL) (JERSEY)ORDER 2020)

For more information on workplaces are open or closed see: COVID-19 (WORKPLACE RESTRICTIONS) (JERSEY) ORDER 2020

Guidelines for events and gatherings

Businesses and organisations wishing to hold events need adhere to public health 

1. A designated lead organiser should be assigned with responsibility for the event, who is accountable under health and safety legislation

Identified lead(s) must be designated for the pre-event planning (i.e. risk assessment / safety plan for the COVID-19 risk) and then to oversee that the event runs in adherence with this guidance. This does not need to be the same person. 

The designated lead for risk assessment and implementation of safety planning is responsible for: 

  • completing the risk assessments and safety plan for COVID-19 
  • ensuring communication with any sub-contractors at the event. Whilst each business is responsible through Health and Safety at Work law for managing the risk of their own operations a delegated individual should ensure co-ordination across the event 

The designated lead for the safe running of the event is responsible for: 

  • ensuring that the wider COVID-19 safety planning is adhered to at the event 
  • relevant security personnel should be considered to support the lead where appropriate 

2. A full risk assessment should be undertaken and implemented via a safety plan which fully addresses and mitigates all COVID-19 public health risks associated with the event 

This should include:

  • safe travel to and from the event for all attending
  • safe provision of food and drinks during the event
  • sufficient, safe-distanced access to hygienic toilet facilities throughout
  • safe distancing and hygiene during the event as appropriate and tailored to the activities involved 

Consideration should be given to how attendees get to and from the event venue, ensuring that physical distancing and hygiene are maintained during the journey and on arrival and departure. 

The public health guidance on private transport should be adhered to as relevant. 

3. Relevant information should be provided to, and obtained from, attendees ahead of the event 

Relevant information should be provided by the organiser to attendees prior to the event. This could be as part of the event invitation or could be displayed or communicated on the entrance to the event as appropriate. It should cover the following: 

  • ensuring that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms does not attend the event 
  • ensuring that anyone isolating for any reason does not attend the event 
  • ensuring that appropriate advice is given to high risk individuals who are shielding about attending the event  
  • ensuring that guests attending from overseas have read and understand the Safer Travel Guidance 
  • ensuring that those attending from designated 'green', 'red' or 'amber' countries overseas must first have received their negative PCR test results before attending and should not attend until their isolation period is complete  
  • communication of the public health measures that guests will be expected to adhere to during the event 
  • guest contact information must be requested from attendees prior to them joining the event in line with item 12 below 
4. The maximum numbers rules should not be exceeded 

The risk assessment and safety planning for the event must put processes in place to ensure that the maximum numbers allowed are not exceeded at any time, under the COVID-19 (GATHERING CONTROL) (JERSEY) ORDER 2020. 

Concurrent events in the same venue can go ahead when:

  • customers and visitors engaged in different activities or events at the same time cn be clearly separated from one another in different rooms / facilities
  • customers and visitors cannot move between events or between an event and a separate food and drink service
  • concurrent events should have their own access to separate facilities and ideally separate access to entrance and exits.
  • customers and visitors must be made aware of requirements for attending concurrent events
  • where a venue cannot ensure clear separation between different groups of customers or visitors, they should avoid providing concurrent events

5. All areas, inside and outside, should be appropriately managed to maintain safe distancing and hygiene 

Physical distancing 

The risk and safety planning for the event must have processes in place to ensure: 

  • that 2 metres physical distancing or more between members of different households is adhered to at all times 
  • consideration should be given to the number of attendees, spacing of seating, spacing within service areas and the flow of serving staff between tables 
  • congregation and queuing measures are in place, for example at entry and for toilet facilities 
  • only a seated food and drinks service is allowed in adherence with the guidance for food and drink and licensed premises 
  • bar service is not currently permitted 
  • dancing is strongly discouraged due to the difficulties of physical distancing 

Hand and respiratory hygiene

  • sufficient hand washing or alcohol sanitising facilities should be provided for both guests and staff and reminders should be clearly posted 
  • guests should be reminded to observe respiratory hygiene measures and to refrain from speaking loudly / shouting / singing 
  • toilets may be provided in an inside area where the event takes place outside 
  • hygiene facilities must be provided for and used solely for the purpose of the event and its guests 


Enhanced cleaning regimes should be in place. See advice for all businesses

6. All relevant sector-specific guidelines and legal restrictions to certain workplaces should be followed

All law, public health guidance for all businesses, for example wearing masks, ensuring 2 metre physical distancing, in addition to the sector specific guidance for food and drinks services, licensed premises and guidance on live music and singing must be adhered to. 

7. Maximum levels of ventilation should be achieved - outdoor events are preferred as lower risk  

Outdoor events are preferred, and where events are not taking place outside ventilation and external air flow should be maximised

8. Managing the safe consumption of alcohol 

The guidance for licensed premises should also be adhered to

At the current time licensed premises must remain closed.

10.Off-Island visitors attending events or gatherings

Visitors should only attend local events or gatherings if they are able to demonstrate adherence with the testing and isolation requirements of the Safer Travel Guidance before attending.

11. Music should be kept at a low level, to avoid encouraging shouting and/or singing  

Singing, in addition to woodwind and brass instrument playing, remains strongly discouraged because of the high risk of dispersing droplets and therefore of spreading infection. 

Any other music should be kept to a low level and be non-amplified to allow conversation at a normal volume, owing to the higher risk presented by shouting.

12. Viable arrangements should be made to enable contact tracing

Contact tracing is the process of identifying close or direct contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in order to communicate the risks of infection and provide advice on testing and isolation to prevent further spread.

Owing to the higher risks associated with gatherings, the designated lead organiser must collect contact details to facilitate the contact tracing process should a COVID-19 case be confirmed at the event.

Collecting contact information

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