Boris gives green light to events and conferences
Permitted to resume from October 1 provided rates of infection remain at current levels
Business events and conferences will be given the go ahead to reopen on October 1st adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.
Provided levels of infection remain at current rates, this will see the return of the sector worth approximately £32.6bn to the UK each year.
The news has been welcomed by organisers of the 5th British-Irish Airports Expo - scheduled for October 5th and 6th at Excel London - and set to become the first post-lockdown major airports trade show.
Following the announcement, a number of pilots will take place at event venues across the country to plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises. Details of these pilots will be finalised in partnership with the sector in the coming weeks.
New guidance, published by 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.
The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of business events and conferences:
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
NB. This guidance will be for organisations in England. Organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will adhere to the advice of the devolved administrations.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd July 2020 | Issue #567
Share this article