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BUSINESS EVENTS & CONFERENCES GIVE THE GO AHEAD TO RESUME FROM 1 OCTOBER

20 July 2020

Government to begin pilots to help plan how best to restart indoor business events

New guidance outlines how the nation’s conference venues can get back up and running safely


Business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today. 

Provided levels of infection remain at current rates, this will see the return of the sector worth approximately £32.6 billion to the UK each year. 

The sector represented a quarter of the 38 million international visits to the UK in 2018 and provides a welcome boost to visitor numbers during the off peak tourist season.

Following the announcement today, 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 today, 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 - view this here.

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