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Events guidance

Please note this information will be subject to regular review and will be updated as COVID-19 restrictions change.

Events are defined as a gathering or activity which is organised, ticketed or otherwise with an established method of crowd monitoring and management (whether free or paid for), takes place at premises whose entrances and exits are controlled for the purpose of crowd and capacity management, and brings individuals together for the purpose of:

  • watching or participating in a community
  • cultural
  • commemorative
  • recreational
  • sporting
  • art
  • educational
  • entertainment
  • worship
  • business experience

Often your event or activity will require some form of licencing or permit, see our guidance for licensing and how to apply for a licence

Scottish Government guidance

The latest Event Sector updates from Scottish Government can be found one the Scottish Government website (this does not include weddings or other family/social gatherings).

For sporting events and competitions organisers should refer to Sport Scotland's latest sport and physical activity guidance and relevant sport-specific guidance and further information for returning to competitions and events.

Scottish Government guidance on performing arts and guidance for cinemas and drive-in cinemas may also be relevant and event organisers should also take into account guidance on travel.

The Scottish Government has also published guidance on Calculating Physical Distancing Capacity in Public Settings.

There is guidance set out for how event planners (including fundraisers) and venue operators may seek approval, and advice if required from local authorities for staging events which exceed the capacity limits in the published Protection Levels (see Annex A).  From 17 May applications can be made to local authorities for events of any size, however event organisers or venue operators must, through application to a local authority, seek approval to hold an event above the standard capacity limit. The guidance for local authorities on stadia and events number limits sets out further details about this process.

Marches and Parades have been reinstated and there is Scottish Government guidance for people organising, taking part in and facilitating these as well as duration and attendance numbers.

Further information

Find advice for businesses including risk assessments, guidance and checklists on our COVID-19 pages.

Find some useful tools and resources from EventScotland to help you plan your event: