Business events and conferences plan to resume from 1 October in England
The Government announced on 17th July that business events and conferences will be permitted to start again from 1st October as long as rates of infection of coronavirus remain at current levels or less.
The sector is worth approximately £32.6 billion to the UK each year, and represents almost a quarter of the 38 million international visits to the UK in 2018 and usually provides a welcome boost to visitor numbers during the off peak tourist season.
New guidance from the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport and the Association of Event Organisers, will help event organisers, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and host business events and conferences and keep both their guests and staff safe.
New guidance states that:
- Attendees will need to pre-book and pre-register to attend events
- Contactless registration systems will be introduced at venues to reduce waiting times and limit contact between organisers and guests
- A digital first approach will be adopted to eliminate the need for physical badges and lanyards
- Paper handouts and gifts will no longer be offered
- Entrance to event or conference spaces will be staggered to reduce queuing and overall capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained
- Events will be planned around one way systems for visitors
- Spaces between exhibition booths will be increased and aisles widened to achieve social distancing requirements
- All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities at frequent intervals