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Outdoor attractions

Mid Kent Environmental Health

Guidance for outdoor attractions opening up on the 12 April 2021.


What do I need to do?


Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine the hazards and risk associated with your business.

  • Step 1 - Identify hazards
  • Step 2 - Identify who can be harmed
  • Step 3 – Assess the risk
  • Step 4 - Implement control measures
  • Step 5 – Review regularly

Check out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for guidance on risk assessments.

You should look at government guidance for your specific industry regularly as you prepare to restart activities as it can change quickly.

You should follow any advice and guidance given by your trade association or equivalent.

Key date


12 April 2021

Central government has been clear in their message that the dates suggested for each phase of the reopening is a guide only. The actual dates that each stage occur will be informed by data and subject to four distinct tests.

See here for guidance and here for legislation.

Key points


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icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Ensure you are Covid-secure.
social distancing Follow social distancing rules.
icons-for-covid-safe-guidance Up to 6 people or 2 households only.
icons for covid safe guidance Wear a face covering unless eating or drinking.
icons for covid safe guidance Toilet facilities are ok to use.
a marquee Outdoor shelter walls must be at least 50% open. Pods and igloos are not permitted.
table service only Onsite hospitality outdoors only and table service.

Do not...

x to indicate things not to do

icons for covid safe guidance Don’t allow groups of people to mix.

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Don’t allow customers to use the indoor facilities (except for toilets).
Do not exceed your maximum capacity Don’t exceed your maximum capacity. Keep your customers safe!

Points to consider

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  • How will you ensure gatherings do not form on or outside your premises?
  • Have you worked out your maximum capacity? How will you monitor this?
  • Do you need to have a pre-booking system?
  • How will you ensure social distancing? Especially when customers are consuming alcohol?
  • Do you have sufficient PPE?
  • Do you have hand sanitiser?
  • How and when will you sanitise any equipment?
  • How will you prevent toilets from becoming crowded?
  • Do you have a test and trace system in place?
  • Do you need a one-way system?
  • Download your signage from our posters and signs for businesses page

These guides are offered as helpful but largely general information on principles that you should follow in your sector. It is important that you consider your own premises and business individually and put any appropriate measures to make your business Covid-secure.

Contact for advice

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Mid Kent Environmental Health Services

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