School celebrations and social events

The Department of Education and Public Health has developed some clear guidance to allow celebrations and social events (including school formals) to occur on school sites.

These events will be able to go ahead but will need to be held in accordance with current Public Health directions. This means that it will be required that these events are undertaken within the venue density requirements (one person per 2 square metres, up to a maximum of 250 people) of the site on which they are planned to be held.

Dancing will be able to occur as part of such events, however for this to happen the dancing must be in a different area to that which food and beverages are served. These areas will need to be clearly identified in the venue.

COVID safe behaviours including hygiene measures and visitor screening will need to be applied to such events.

Celebrations taking place off site will need to comply with the venue’s COVID Safety plan.

For more information on how are schools are adapting to the current COVID situation please visit the Novel coronavirus webpage.