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Hires during COVID-19 Pandemic

*Updated 19/10/2020*


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 decide not to hire out their party kit during this global pandemic.


We have not updated our map to show who is currently hiring or not 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

England has a 3 tier system. The rules vary based on the alert level where you live. Check which local COVID alert level applies to your area.


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.


Local COVID alert level: medium (Tier 1)

Party kit hire in a Tier 1 area is restricted to kits for up to 6 people or a single household bubble.

  • 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.

Local COVID alert level: high (Tier 2) Party kit hire in a Tier 2 area is restricted to kits for a single household bubble only.

  • Socialising inside with people from another household or support bubble is NOT allowed.

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

  • 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.

Local COVID alert level: very high (Tier 3)

Party kit hire is discouraged in a Tier 3 area; if a hire does go ahead it MUST be for a single household bubble only and every precaution should be taken in kit preparation and handover.

  • Socialising inside or outside with people from another household or support bubble is NOT allowed.

  • Exceptions are allowed for weddings and funerals. Up to 15 people may meet for a wedding or civil ceremony in a COVID-secure venue but NOT a wedding reception.Up to 30 can attend a funeral.

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


Full guidelines for England

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

Party kit hire is discouraged in Wales; if a hire does go ahead it MUST be for a single household bubble only and every precaution should be taken in kit preparation and handover.


Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Only people of the same household may meet indoors or outdoors or up to 6 people from the same extended household. Children under 11 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 up to four households have joined together to create only one extended household.


Full guidelines for Wales

Northern Ireland

Summary of the rules regarding gatherings:

  • Only people of the same household or household support bubble may meet indoors. Children under 12 are not included in the count.

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

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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