Dec 20, 2021

Private Dining Rooms update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re using this page to keep you informed of any Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions regarding guest capacity limits for private dining rooms in London and the UK. Keep checking back for updates.

Private dining rooms in London for group dining events

Venues with private dining rooms available for events in London and throughout England are free to operate with no restrictions under current Covid guidelines.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to the rapid global spread of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, announced on 8th December that the United Kingdom would be moving into Plan B restrictions and on 14th December the Plan B measures were approved by Parliament.

The main points contained within the legislation are as follows,

  • Face masks to become compulsory in most public indoor venues, other than hospitality
  • NHS Covid Pass to be mandatory in specific settings, using a negative test or full vaccination via the NHS Covid Pass
  • Vaccines and testing remain our best lines of defence
  • People asked to work from home if they can

The approved changes mean that people have to demonstrate proof of either two Covid-19 jabs or a negative test to gain entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather, including unseated indoor events with more than 500 people.

In a second vote, MPs also retrospectively approved the extension of mandatory face coverings for most indoor venues, including cinemas and theatres.

A change to self isolation rules – dropping the requirement to self-isolate and instead do daily Covid tests for those fully vaccinated people who are contacts of a positive case – was also passed by the Commons without a vote.

All of which means that there are currently no limits on the number of people allowed to attend private dining events in England.

At present there are no plans to introduce further Plan C or Plan D measures.

Plan C, should it be introduced, would require mandatory masks and COVID passes for all restaurants and bars, as has become the norm in many other countries.

Plan D, should it be introduced, would only allow the hospitality industry to serve customers outdoors which would lead to the closure of private dining events in England.

We will be closely monitoring the situation and update this page with any changes as they occur.

It should be emphasised that there are currently no restrictions on the number of guests allowed to attend private dining events in England.

If you would like us to help you locate the best private dining room for your event in London or elsewhere in the UK please call us on 020 7305 5044 or email us via our Venue Finding Service contact page.