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Hires during COVID-19 Pandemic

*Updated 23/09/2020*


It is important to us that both party goers and those who operate party kits are kept as safe as possible and so we have decided to provide guidance on hiring party kits during this unusual time. This guidance is reviewed regularly and updated inline with current government advice.


Please note that lockdown rules do differ across the UK and the Channel Islands so please see the relevant section below before proceeding with a hire. (Looking for Australian guidelines? Go to AUS website)


All party kits are operated independently and as such it is at the discretion of the party kit owner as to whether or not they will hire out their kit. We fully support those who have decided to delay restarting their party kit hire. We have not updated our map to show who is currently hiring so please contact your local party kit for more information. We have provided access to relevant health and safety training for all party kit owners.

  • Small party kit hires can take place based on the maximum number permitted to gather in each country - please see the relevant county rules below. We will not lend to illegal gatherings. .

  • Please use online payment where possible, such as PayPal or bank transfer.

  • Food and drinks should not be shared between households and please avoid sharing utensils, dishes and cups.

  • Please cancel your booking if you or anyone in your household has a positive test for COVID-19 or has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days; this includes a cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell.

  • Please do not arrange to hire a kit if you are required to quarantine after returning from aboard.

  • Please be aware that your booking may be cancelled if the party kit owner or a member of their household develop any symptoms of COVID-19, have a confirmed case or the local lockdown restrictions change.

England

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings from Monday 14th September 2020:

  • It is illegal for more than six people to gather indoors or outside. Penalties of £100+ fines can be issued to people found to be gathering in groups of more than 6 people.

  • Up to six people from different households can legally meet indoors or outside while maintaining social distancing. Children are included in the count.

  • There is an exception for larger households and support bubbles.

  • Up to 15 people may meet for a wedding, civil ceremony and reception in a COVID-secure venue or 30 for a funeral. This rule does NOT include birthday parties or other celebrations such as a christening.

A household is a family or group of people living in the same house or an extended household bubble where a household has been joined by an adult who lives alone or with only under 18s.


Full guidelines for England (from 4/09/2020)


Local exceptions:

Party kit hire is not encouraged in areas with local lockdowns. For the complete list of areas and details of local guidelines please check: Information about areas with local restrictions

Scotland

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Only people of the same household may meet indoors

  • Up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing. Children under 12 are not included in the count.

A household is a family or group of people living in the same house or an extended household bubble where a household has been joined by an adult who lives alone or with only under 18s.


Full guidelines for Scotland


Local exceptions:

Party kit hire is not encouraged in areas with local lockdowns. For the complete list of areas and details of local guidelines please check: Information about areas with local restrictions

Wales

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Only people of the same household may meet indoors or up to 6 people from the same extended household. Children under 11 are not included in the count.

  • Up to 30 people can meet up outdoors but must maintain social distancing, except for children under 11 who are not required to maintain social distancing.

A household is a family or group of people living in the same house or an extended household bubble where up to four households have joined together to create only one extended household.


Full guidelines for Wales


Local exceptions: Party kit hire is not encouraged in areas with local lockdowns. For the complete list of areas and details of local guidelines please check: information about areas with local restrictions

Northern Ireland

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet indoors while maintaining social distancing

  • Up to 15 people can meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing

Full guidelines for Northern Ireland


Local exceptions: Party kit hire is not encouraged in areas with local lockdowns. For the complete list of areas and details of local guidelines please check: Information about areas with local restrictions

The Channel Islands - Jersey

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Up to 20 people can meet - outdoor events are preferred, while maintaining social distancing

Full guidelines for Jersey, and specific information on gatherings and events in Jersey

Isle of Man

There are no restrictions on gatherings unless you have had a positive test, symptoms or are required to quarantine after being abroad.

Full guidelines for IOM

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