Events in Europe: What is currently allowed?

 

Due to corona many events in 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. In autumn, the event industry is looking a little more optimistically to the coming months, planning meetings, incentives and conferences. However, different rules apply here depending on the country. We have summarized the regulations of selected European countries, informing you what is allowed and where. But first a few tips for a safe journey. 

Arriving safely at the event with charter flights

A charter flight often makes sense for larger groups of 15 people or more. The main argument: charter flights are cheaper than private jet flights while also being a much safer option than booking a seat in business class. In contrast to scheduled flights, you decide on seat occupancy and can fly to smaller and less frequented airports (possibly even from a business terminal). This means your travel route is not only shorter, but you also save time and have less contact with strangers.

Particularly popular in corona times is the option of arranging your own check-in desks at airports as well as check-ins at a desired location. Also possible are transporting baggage to/from the aircraft, catering adapted to needs (e.g. packed snack bags), bus transfers (for required capacity) as well as personnel support in the form of a hostess service (e.g. to hand out hygiene kits) or a flight manager as a personal point of contact at the airport and, if required, on board (e.g. to maintain social distancing during boarding or to carry out health checks).

Which events can take place? | October update

COUNTRY

ALLOWED EVENTS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

NOTE

LAS ST OFFICIAL UPDATE*

Belgium Indoor & outdoor events 100/200   July 29, 2020
Bulgaria Indoor & outdoor events 30 Indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited. September, 2020
Croatia Indoor & outdoor events more than 40   August 10, 2020
Cyprus Just Indoor & outdoor catering events. Other events are not allowed.  75/150 Set at 75 for indoor spaces and 150 for outdoor spaces. September,2020 
Czechia Indoor/outdoor cultural, sporting and social events 10/20

As of 12 October, all cultural, sporting and social events, religious services, dance or club events, both amateur and professional, will be cancelled if they bring together more than ten people indoors or twenty people outdoors, unless these are members of the same household. No fun fairs, congresses or trade fairs will be allowed. The participation of people at weddings and funerals and subsequent banquets/wakes will also be limited to 30 people, and the right of assembly will be limited to a maximum of 500, and participants in these events may move around in groups of up to 20 maintaining social distancing of at least 2 metres and must have face masks or the equivalent (protect respiratory equipment).

October, 2020 
Denmark Indoor & outdoor events 50 Events or other activities with more than 50 people gathered simultaneously at the same location are banned. This ban applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, and it applies to both public and private events etc. According to the Government's announcement, the ban applies until at least 18 October 2020. /
Estonia Indoor & outdoor events 700/1500 No more than 750 persons may participate in an indoor event. The amount public in outdoor events may be up to 2000 persons (unless a special permission is granted by the Health Board together with local governmental unit and The Government's working committee).  October, 2020 
Finland Indoor & outdoor events more than 50 Indoor and outdoor events with more than 50 persons may be permitted in October with special arrangements. The arrangements must comply with the guidelines issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture on preventing the spread of coronavirus infections. If necessary, audiences must be divided into separate areas to ensure safety. October, 2020 
France Indoor & outdoor events 30/1000

From 28 September gatherings are limited to 30 people. Local authorities may put in place further restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus.

High Alert Zone

Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Lille, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Rouen, Grenoble, Montpellier are in High Alert Zones.
•In these zones the upper limit for event venues (stadiums, racing tracks…) is reduced to 1 000 people.
•Events such as local fêtes or student parties are prohibited and bars are required to close at 10 pm.
•Public gatherings are limited to 10 people.
•Gyms are closed.
•It is highly recommended to avoid private gatherings outside of your immediate family and loved ones.

October, 2020 
Iceland Indoor & outdoor events / Changes made to rules on gathering restrictions and school operations. The Minister for Health confirms new rules on restrictions on gatherings and school operations laying down stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. October, 2020 
Ireland Indoor & outdoor events / Indoor: Up to 50 patrons are permitted and in pods or groups of up to 6 if appropriate, with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups.Up to 100 patrons are permitted for larger venues where strict 2 metre seated social distancing and one-way controls for entry and exit can be implemented. For very large purpose built event facilities (for example: stadia, auditoriums, conference or event centres) specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for larger events. Outdoor: these are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor Arts events, training events. up to 100 patrons are permitted for the majority of venues. up to 200 patrons for outdoor stadia or other fixed outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000 (with robust protective measures as per sectoral guidance). October, 2020 
Italy Indoor, outdoor & public events  / The Decree Law of October 7, 2020, n. 125 extends until  October 15, 2020 the basic precautionary measures to counter and contain the spread of COVID-19, adopted with the Prime Ministerial Decree of  September 7, 2020. October, 2020 
Netherlands Indoor & outdoor events / The limit of 30 people inside and 40 outside applies in some cases. October, 2020 
Poland Indoor & outdoor events / In red zones, the organisation of indoors and outdoors events is prohibited. In yellow zones, events can be organised; however, the number of participants is limited to 25% of the capacity indoors and up to 100 participants in the case of events organised outdoors. In green zones, the restrictions concerning the maximum number of participants of outdoor events have been lifted and the required safety distance between participants has been reduced from 2 metres to 1.5 metres. Event participants should cover their mouths and noses unless a distance of no less than 1.5 metres from other persons is maintained at all times. In green zones, the number of participants in indoor events is limited to 50% of the total number of seats October, 2020 
Slovenia Public and social events / A maximum of 50 people may gather and socialise in public at the same time and same place. In addition, accommodation providers with more than 30 rooms are open and available again, as are spa accommodations, wellness centres, gyms, swimming pools, and water activities. September 2020
Spain Public, private and social events Assesment criteria for each event by the authorities.  / October, 2020 
Sweden Public gatherings/events  50 Swedish authorities have banned public gatherings of more than 50 people September, 2020
Switzerland Indoor & outdoor events Up to 1000 Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. September, 2020
United Kingdom Gatherings 6 Three Local COVID alert level: Medium: must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies). businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law. High: must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law). Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law. Very high: must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue September, 2020

**By official sources of the respective country 

Please note: The information shown refers only to countries for which we have been able to obtain information from official sources. Further restrictions may apply to countries not listed here. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee the completeness and correctness of the information provided. If you are planning an event, please check the current regulations from the respective country’s official sources.