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  • Writer's pictureIan Bennett

Lockdown Eased Can I have a DJ?

Pubs, Hairdressers, Restaurants & Similar Business get to open up on the 4th of July with social distancing measures in place can I get a DJ? Put simply the answer is No.

Above is the Government Mandate until further notice Correct as of 1st of July 2020. In case you cannot read the document in the picture it states:

'Entertainment 4.5

Objective: To maintain social distancing when providing entertainment within or outside restaurants, pubs, bars and similar venues that serve food and drink.

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 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 insure 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 playing at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particular from aerosol transmission. We will develop further activities as soon as possible. You should take similar steps to prevent other close contact activities, such as communal dancing.

Steps that will usually be needed:

Determining the viability of entertainment and maximum audience numbers consistent with social distancing outside and within venues and other safety considerations.

Preventing entertainment, such as broadcasts, that is likely to encourage audience numbers increasing transmission risk. For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.

Reconfiguring indoor entertainment spaces to ensure customers are seated not standing. For example repurposing dance floors for customer seating.

Encouraging use of online ticketing and online or contactless payments for entertainment where possible.

Communicating clearly to customers the arrangements for entertainment and clearly supervising with additional staff if appropriate.'

As we can see the chances of offering any tradational DJ services look very much in question until further notice. When this will change I will not speculate on.

However I am still taking bookings and I'm happy for any dates to change as and when required without any penalty. Please be aware I will make the mandate clear if your event falls fowl of the current guidelines. I want you to have the best event I can provide that's why I will make the current situation clear.

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