Newham Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG)

Government statement on the delaying Step 4 of easing lockdown restrictions can be found on the government website.

Newham Council hold Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meetings to discuss public safety issues connected with events.

The emergency services and officers from various council departments attend, giving them the opportunity to look at event plans in detail together. 

About the Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

  • Safety Advisory Group (SAG) members can then provide advice to help organisers run their events safely. 

  • The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is not a legal body and cannot stop events from happening, but will not support events that could result in harm to the people who attend and/or the wider public. 

  • There are officers on the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) panel who can use legal powers if they have serious concerns, and event organisers are reminded that they have legal duties under various laws to make sure events are safe and do not cause a nuisance to others.

Because of the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we require all events, including the smaller ones, to go through the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) process.  This does not mean you will need to attend a virtual  Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting as this isn’t always needed, with smaller events we may be able to provide advice by email.   We need at least 28 days to look through event paperwork and discuss it with other Safety Advisory Group (SAG) members, so make sure you send it to us in good time.


Keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19 (England) Events Industry Forum (the main guidance note being used by the events industry)

Working safely during coronavirus, performing arts (Government Guidance)

You can find information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Organised events guidance for local authorities on the website