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Conferences and exhibitions will not reopen on 1 October, UK prime minister confirms

Conferences and exhibitions in the UK will not be allowed to run from 1 October, prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a speech to the House of Commons, 22 September. The prime minister said: “We must acknowledge that the spread of the virus is affecting our ability to reopen business conferences and exhibitions and large sporting events; we will not be able to do this from 1 October. I recogn...

DCMS confirms events for up to 30 can continue in the UK, amid industry confusion

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that business meetings and events for up to 30 people can continue, following some confusion over the government’s ‘Rule of 6’ announcement which went into force 14 September. UK industry body, the Meetings Industry Association (mia) said that clarification received from the government meant that business events could still take p...

UK’s 1 October restart date to be reviewed

The UK’s hoped-for event restart date of 1 October is to be reviewed, prime minster Boris Johnson announced at a Downing Street press conference, 9 September. The prime minister outlined plans to restore life to as “normal as possible”, which included testing on a mass scale and would see those testing negative allowed more flexibility. “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venu...

Government relaxes lockdown restrictions in England, pilot scheme for events to continue

The UK government has confirmed a relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England, paving the way for business and sport pilot events to resume. Exact details of the pilot business events have not been publicly revealed. In an announcement on 13 August prime minister Boris Johnson said that the government “will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measure...

UK events industry seeks clarity as government puts brake on easing of restrictions

This story was updated at 17.07, 31 July 2020 UK prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that proposed changes to the easing of lockdown restrictions, due to come into force on 1 August, are to be postponed to 15 August “at the earliest”. However, despite initial confusion, business events for up to 30 people are allowed to take place. An update from the Tourism Alliance read: “The abilit...

Prime minister confirms UK events industry restart date

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1 October 2020. Addressing the nation from Downing Street, 17 July, the prime minister said the decision would depend on data and that Local Authorities would have powers to close events if there was a danger to the public. The Nightingale hospitals, which currently occupy ExCeL London, th...

UK government urged to allow temporary venue at Earls Court

The Earl’s Court Area Action Group, a UK-based campaign group, has called on the British government to bring forward a temporary venue on the Earl’s Court Masterplan site to help rebuild the UK’s economy post Covid-19 and provide additional large event space in London. In letters to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and the Minister for Tourism, Nigel...

Parts of UK hospitality industry could be open in July, says Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his conditional plan for bringing the UK out of Covid-19 lockdown, in an address to the nation on 10 May. While the plan noted that the rate of infection in the UK – the ‘R’ – is less than one, it could be as high as 0.9, meaning that it is still too early for a sizeable rollback of lockdown restrictions. No specific timeline was confirmed as far as th...

New law planned to compel UK venues to reassess terror threat as part of H&S strategy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that sports stadiums and music venues in the country will be compelled to assess the threat of terrorist attacks as part of their health and safety strategy. The planned new law would involve potential fines for those venues that do not comply. The family of Martyn Hett, 29, who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, had campaigned f...