BUSINESS EVENTS – CONFERENCE CENTRES AND EXHIBITION SPACES
Back in July, the government announced that Business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go-ahead to reopen on the 1st of October if social distancing and other COVID safe measures are adhered to. Though there was a caveat, this is subject to the results of a number of test events. On the 8th of September, the ministers responsible for events, Nigel Huddleston announced that he had attended one of these test events and that all had gone well, though he wouldn’t give an absolute commitment.
When the government first announced that business events were to re-open they laid down some general guidance, here. In a nutshell:
Additionally, if you consider your venue to be a community centre, exhibition hall and conference centre than all must wear face coverings, see here.
In all cases venues must carry out a risk assessment, there are lots of online resources for this, here is one from the Meetings Industry Association & here for advice from the Health & Safety Executive.
Furthermore, most venues must now retain records of all who visit most sites, see here
The government has announced that they are going to make this a little easier with dedicated QR
codes for all venues see here
The story for multi-purpose community venues is much better, subject to acting in a COVID safe way they can essentially do whatever they like, see here. In the government’s words
‘Managers of community facilities will have discretion over when they consider it safe to open for any activity permitted by legislation and may decide to remain closed if they are not able to safely follow the advice in the relevant guidance, to make the space COVID-19’.
Core Principals are:
As ever the devil is in the detail, it is imperative that you follow government advice, do check the.gov.uk website.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH VENUES FALL INTO WHICH CATEGORIES?
What is not clear is the definitions of different venues, see here for some detail. In a nutshell, it is very hard to categories of different venues and different event types, essentially it seems to be up to the venue to make their own determination! I would emphasis that we are not lawyers, these are our views, at the end of the day all venues have to make their own determinations as to what is and isn’t right for them.
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