Carrying out mandatory COVID-19 status checks at your venue or event

From Wednesday 15 December certain venues and event organisations must carry out COVID-19 status checks to make sure that all visitors aged 18 or above show proof of one of the following to enter the event or venue:

  • Proof of vaccination with 2 doses of an approved vaccine (or one of the single-dose Janssen vaccine)
  • Proof of negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test within the last 48 hours
  • Exemption on the basis of a medical exemption or clinical trial participation

Please note that evidence of natural immunity must not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or testing.

Accepted proof can be any of the following:

Which venues and events must carry out COVID-19 status checks

  • nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques
  • other late night dance venues, where all of the following apply:
    • the venue is open between 1am and 5am
    • it serves alcohol after 1am
    • it has a dancefloor (or space for dancing)
    • it provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing
  • indoor events with 500 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
  • outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
  • events with 10,000 or more attendees, whether indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events

For other venues (such as indoor or outdoor sport stadia, conference centres, exhibition halls, live music venues, theatres and concert halls), COVID-19 status checks are only required where they are hosting an event which meets the relevant attendee threshold. For more information on exemptions and thresholds please visit the GOV UK website to see the full list of exempt activities.

Get support

Support is available to help you carry out these checks at your venue or event.

The business team can give advice to individual businesses to guide them through the support available and which options are open to them. Please use the business team contact form if you have any questions. Visit the GOV.UK website for all the guidance on carrying out COVID-19 status checks.

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