Tips for a Covid safe outdoor gathering from 17 May

From 17 May social gatherings will be allowed with up to 30 people in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

From 17 May social gatherings will be allowed with up to 30 people in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

So, with better weather on the horizon and a bank holiday approaching, it’s time to dust off your picnic blankets, the barbecue and garden furniture to have a Covid safe gathering.

Based on the latest government guidance, here are some tips to keep you, your loved ones and your friends safe:

  • you may only have up to 6 people or 2 households inside, so if in a larger group only enter the house briefly to enter the garden or to use the bathroom – once finished wipe down and sterilise any surfaces you have come into contact with
  • maintain social distancing by keeping 2 metres apart
  • passing things from one person to another can transmit the virus, so maintain strong hygiene standards, including washing or sanitising hands regularly
  • ask guests to bring their own cutlery, serving implements, plates and condiments, if possible, to limit the risk of transmission
  • have a one-way system around the barbecue
  • only one person should handle barbecue tongs
  • serve food on plates/platters from a distance
  • set out seats 2 metres apart in advance - but not face to face
  • afterwards, consider limiting social contacts as much as possible with other households if you have already met for a social gathering elsewhere

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on the government's roadmap out of lockdown.