Welcome to the COVID-19 Guidance for Event Recovery

The purpose of these guidelines, set out by the Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Events Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) and its stakeholders, is to provide a framework of support and assessments to ensure a safe return to live events.

All work has been approved by UK government.

The guidance sets out to achieve common standards of health, safety and operational planning, management and on-site conduct for the events industry.

While we work to common standards it is also important to note that risk assessments will be unique to the size, scale and type of event and the “All Secure Standard” should be used as open source guidance to translate to the relevant areas of your business, understanding that not all measures may be possible, or apply.


Now recognised as the industry’s best practice document, this open source guidance will be continually reviewed by working industry professionals who represent the best advice currently available, and who themselves have to work within the guidelines in their own professional capacities.


Following England's move to Step 4 in the Government's roadmap, the UK Operations Working Group, in conjunction with the Cross Association H&S Group met to review the All Secure Standard and produce an updated version.

The proposal outlines ‘What’ measures show organisers are taking to ensure the health and safety of all visitors, exhibitors, contractors and staff, particularly in response to COVID-19, ‘How’ these measures are being implemented, and ‘Why’ it’s an important component of the industry’s All Secure guidelines.

The guidelines are based on information currently available on the behaviour and characteristics of the Coronavirus, the status of testing capacity, vaccine availability, and local or state guidelines on large gatherings in any particular community. As more clarity on these variables emerges, the guidelines may need to be adjusted accordingly.

*‘Step 4 does not mark the end of the need for caution and restraint. At step 4, while many of the legal restrictions that the Government has imposed through the pandemic will be lifted, cautious guidance will remain, making it clear this is not yet a return to normal. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. We will continue to manage the virus and provide guidance over the coming months.’

Ref: *Government Guidance on moving to Step 4 of the roadmap - Updated March 2022




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While many will be eager to get back to live events when the government allows, the health and safety of industry professionals, their customers and visitors alike, remains our number one priority.

The All Secure Standard has been set up to provide a best-practice guide to industry professionals responsible for organising and delivering organised industry events, trade shows and exhibitions of all sizes, in all locations.






The Event Risk Assessment is based on identifying the contact points where, when and how transmission at the event is most likely and assigning the controls best able to reduce the risk of transmission.

There are two template examples below that venues can share with organisers to assist them in the completion of this essential assessment. These are a starting point but it will be up to individual organisers to tailor their risk assessment to their individual event and the prevailing risk level.



An easy to follow layout which covers the fundamental considerations and can cover multiple risk scenarios – suitable for smaller events with fewer special considerations.


*Kindly shared by ICHF



A comprehensive assessment covering potential hazards for all groups throughout the various event phases - suitable for larger, more complex events.


*Kindly shared by Hyve Group



The All Secure Expo took place at the Business Design Centre in September 2020 as a pilot event, demonstrating to government and the industry how the All Secure Guidance could be brought to life. Below you can find the video of the event, giving you a snapshot on what took place.

We have also provided the risk assessments that were created specifically for the pilot, highlighting some of the measures that the organisers decided to put in place.

We should stress that all events will have their own risk assessments tailored to the needs of that specific show, these are examples only to offer some guidance on what took place.

Lastly, there is a support deck to demonstrate how the measures could be brought to life, providing further education on what took place.

Statement on the Government's Roadmap for Leaving Lockdown - 2021

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