LIVE UPDATES: Scotland sets out timetable for reopening of events sector

Find out which countries are on partial or national lockdown, what travel restrictions are in place and what size gatherings are allowed.

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The Scottish government has published a timetable for the reopening of the country's events sector. 

The guidance comes into effect immediately and covers events that it defines as "organised gatherings or activities of limited duration that bring people together for the primary purpose of participating in a community, cultural, commemorative, recreational, sporting, art, educational, entertainment or business experience."

It covers topics such as workforce planning and support, risk assessment and compliance. 

On Friday, the prime minister Boris Johnson told a reporter at the daily Downing Street press conference that a UK-wide schedule for the return of business events was coming this week.

Venues that host MICE events could also find they will benefit from the £1.57billion arts rescue package unveiled by the government today. A press release from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said: "Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today.

"Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans."

In Spain, a local lockdown has been imposed in Galicia, on a region of 70,000 people after a COVID-19 outbreak in the area. And in Australia, a similar outbreak has meant the state of Victoria temporarily closing its border with the neighbouring state of New South Wales. 

Thailand has announced that from last Friday (3 July) it will allow a limited number of international visitors into the country.

Travel restrictions

This table contains information on which countries have inbound travel restrictions in place and what size gatherings are currently allowed there. C&IT is receiving new information from countries around the world all the time and we will update the table regularly.

What counts as a mass gathering?

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) definition of what counts as a mass gathering is as follows:

"High profile international sporting events such as the Olympics or World Cups as well as international religious events such as the Hajj count as mass gatherings.

"However, lower profile conferences and events can also meet WHO’s definition of a mass gathering. An event counts as a 'mass gathering' if the number of people it brings together is so large that it has the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the health system in the community where it takes place.

"You need to consider the location and duration of the event as well as the number of participants. For example, if the event takes place over several days in a small island state where the capacity of the health system is quite limited then even an event with just a few thousand participants could place a big strain on the health system and then be considered a “mass gathering” event.

"Conversely, if the event is held in a big city in a country with a large, well-resourced health system and lasts just a few hours, the event may not constitute a “mass gathering” event."

On the 29 May, WHO updated its guidelines on mass gatherings, including the following:

"Mass gatherings are events characterised by the concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period of time that have the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the host country or community.

"Mass gatherings can include a single event or a combination of several events at different venues, such as the Olympics.

"There are a diverse range of mass gatherings such as sports, music/entertainment, religious events, large conferences and exhibitions, and others. In the context of COVID-19, mass gatherings are events that could amplify the transmission of the virus and potentially disrupt the host country’s response capacity.

"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 (less than one metre) and frequency of the interaction between an infected individual and an individual who is not infected.

"Mass gatherings can be planned or spontaneous, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, relevant authorities should ensure that spontaneous events are kept to a minimum. These events likely do not have adequate planning to implement prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of transmission or the potential strain on health services."

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