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UK: Hires during COVID-19 Pandemic

*Updated 16/03/2021*


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 islands so please see the relevant section below before proceeding with a hire. (In Australia? Australian guidelines)


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 (with the exception of a national lockdown) - please see the relevant country 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) or is required to isolate after confirmed contact with a positive case.

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

Where we use the term 'household' below, this could mean a support bubble, linked or extended household or similar as allowed by the rules of that specific country.

England

Party kit hire is currently discouraged in England.


England currently has a national lockdown which means we need to stay at home.


From 29th March 2021, up to 6 people or 2 households may gather outside. Party kit hire can resume and every precaution should be taken in kit preparation and handover (as set out in our Hygiene and Safety Guidelines).


From 17 May 2021 at the earliest, up to 30 people may gather outside. It is possible that the restrictions will be further eased to allow up to 6 people or 2 households to meet indoors. Until the exact date of gathering rule changes are confirmed by the Government any bookings taken for 17 May onwards can only be provisional.


From 21 June 2021 at the earliest, social contact restrictions may be removed. This would remove all limits on gatherings and we would be able to party as before. Until the exact date of gathering rule changes are confirmed by the Government any bookings taken for 21 June onwards can only be provisional.


Full guidelines for England

Timetable for easing restrictions

Scotland

Party kit hire is currently discouraged in Scotland, except for the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.


Most of Scotland currently has a national lockdown which means we need to stay at home.


The Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands are in Level 3 which currently means up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households may meet outdoors.


From 26 April 2021 at the earliest, up to 6 people from a maximum of 3 households may gather outside. Until the exact date of gathering rule changes are confirmed by the Government any bookings taken for 26 April onwards can only be provisional.


From 17 May 2021 at the earliest, up to 4 people rom a maximum of 2 households may gather inside a private home. Small scale indoor and outdoor events may be allowed. Until the exact date of gathering rule changes are confirmed by the Government any bookings taken for 17 May onwards can only be provisional.


In June 2021 at the earliest, further gathering restrictions may be eased. There is no detail yet on what this may mean for gathering restrictions.


Full guidelines for Scotland

Timetable for easing restrictions

Wales

Party kit hire is currently discouraged in Wales.

In Wales up to 4 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outside while maintaining social distancing (children under 11 are excluded in the count).


There is no roadmap yet on when gathering restrictions may be eased.


Full guidelines for Wales

Northern Ireland

Party kit hire is possible in NI.

In NI up to 10 people from 2 households may gather outside or up to 6 people may gather indoors. Children of all ages are included in the count.


There is no roadmap yet on when gathering restrictions may be eased.


Full guidelines for Northern Ireland

Jersey

Party kit hire is possible in Jersey.


Up to 10 people can meet indoors or outdoors, while maintaining social distancing. Children under 5 are not included in the count.


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

Guernsey

Party kit hire is possible in Guernsey.


Up to 20 people may gather inside or up to 30 people may gather outside in a public setting - this does not include inside homes or in gardens.


Full guidelines for Guernsey

Isle of Man

Party kit hire is currently discouraged on IOM.


Gathering of more than 2 people are currently not permitted.


Full guidelines for IOM

Eco-friendly parties

Party kits are an easy, convenient and often cheaper way of accessing reusable tableware and decorations for a party. 

Make your next party a little more eco-friendly and hire a party kit. 

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