Exhibition organisers have welcomed the announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson that indoor events for up to 1,000 people will be permitted from 17 May.
From next Monday, indoor events for up 1,000 people or 50% venue capacity, not including staff, contractors or exhibitors, will reopen in England. Outdoor events for up to 4,000 (or 50% capacity) may also resume, and special dispensation will be given to seated stadiums.
Kerry Prince, brand director at Reed Exhibitions
“We at Reed Exhibitions are very encouraged by the positive steps the nation is taking towards the opening up of the economy and we eagerly look forward to being able to service our customers at full scale business as usual events as early as possible.”
Emma Barrett, MD, Broadway Events
“Over the last few months, we have seen the confidence in visitors and exhibitors grow tremendously. We are delighted that this confidence can now be rewarded with the return of live events. We can’t wait to do our part for the economy and bring businesses face to face once again. The whole team is itching to get back to where we belong.”
Ed Tranter, MD, 73 Media
“The announcement yesterday is really exciting, but to be honest it just confirmed what I think most of us have been feeling recently. The last few weeks there has been a tangible sense of growing positivity. We are working on new launches, planning for existing events coming back live, it feels like the start of an F1 race, we are all revving our engines and raring to go.”
Andrew Evans, MD, Thorough Events
“With our first event in less than four weeks I’m hugely excited about the return of live events in the UK. Ours will be one of the first, and although we are technically just short of the end of the June roadmap we are overwhelmed with ticket sales. It’s going to be a long awaited and very busy summer.”
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May, the Events Industry Alliance, the tripartite coalition between the Association of Event Organsiers, Association of Event Venues and the Event Service and Suppliers Association, released the following statement:
“The prime minister’s confirmation that the roadmap to reopening remains on track is very welcome news for the events and exhibitions sector. To fully support the UK’s economic recovery, it is essential that the sector is able to resume activities on 21 June without capacity restrictions and we re-iterate our call for the government to consider the temporary introduction of Covid-status certificates as a way of achieving this and getting our sector moving again.”
Image: International Confex, February 2020, Aniseed Photo