From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants, social clubs, places of worship and community centres will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. This is a great start as we recognise all of these venues have use of DJ services, however, we acknowledge that not all members will have experience in these areas but now would be a good time to look beyond the usual services we offer.
Following a review, the Government has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus any additional measures required to observe, which reduce the risk of transmission. For instance, when facing another person, the two-meter rule will apply but if facing away or side-to-side, one meter-plus is considered adequate.
As the economy begins to reopen, it’s important that we all work at not increasing the risk of transmission which is why “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, concerts and venues suited for bands will need to remain closed for now. The Government is continuing to work with these sectors to establish task forces to help them to become COVID Secure and reopen as soon as possible.
While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. We feel it is our duty as professionals to observe the guidelines bearing in mind the Government will keep all measures under constant review and will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control. These changes apply to England only.
The Government-issued guidelines document states:
- For many restaurants, pubs, and bars, providing entertainment such as recorded music, live sports broadcasts, quizzes, live musicians, or comedians are an important part of their business.
- At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy, and music to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of aerosol transmission – from either the performer(s) or their audience.
- There will be further guidance setting out how performing arts activity can be managed safely in other settings, for instance rehearsing or broadcast without an audience.
- All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other.
- This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.
- This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission. We will develop further guidance, based on scientific evidence, to enable these activities as soon as possible.
- You should take similar steps to prevent other close contact activities, such as communal dancing.
With regards to gatherings, meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with is now permitted, but you should do this while observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart. However, what is not permitted, is meet other people indoors – including in their home or enclosed space or meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 with people who are not in your household or support bubble.
The NADJ believe to offer DJ services such as garden parties with these guidelines in mind would be irresponsible as the DJ performing the service would neither be part of that support bubble or household. This is prohibited in law and we need to understand that relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
The NEC Team hope this update on the latest information will help you stay well and stay safe.