Boris Johnson has outlined details of a COVID-19 Winter Plan, which will come into effect on December 2, as England is lifted from its current lockdown restrictions.

The plan outlines details of interest to event organisers, especially large events, including elite sport, live performances and business.

For areas in Tier 1, large events can take place in England but are limited to 50 per cent capacity, or 4,000 people for outdoor events and 1,000 for indoor events, whichever is lower. Social distancing measures will apply.

For Tier 2 areas, large events can take place in England but are limited to 50 per cent capacity, or 2,000 people outdoors and 1,000 people indoors, whichever is lower. Social distancing measures will apply.

For Tier 3 area, events should not take place. However, drive-in events are permitted.

Speaking on the announcement, Tom Clements, president of National Outdoor Events Association, said: “We welcome the Government’s recent announcement that opens the door for live and outdoor events to take place for up to 4,000 people. While this is still only a fraction of our marketplace, it will inject confidence into the industry and allow events to begin the process of planning, be it small new year celebrations to larger festivals in the New Year. We hope that, as the industry once again shows its value to society, and its ability to keep people safe, it will pave the way for larger events and a full return in 2021.

“It has been a wretched year for outdoor events; the events themselves, their crucial supply chain, and the millions of people who attend every year. We have lost untold amounts of talent from the industry, however we now have a reason for genuine optimism, and a focal point for the creative talent that has, until now, been a victim of this shut down.”