Event news for the week ahead


Major event restriction to be removed in Sydney, ACT revises event rules and more.

At A LIST Guide, we’re not only a one-stop shop for sourcing the best venues and suppliers for events, we’re also dedicated to keeping event professionals up to date on the latest industry news.

To kick off the working week, here are the latest industry headlines you need to know:

ACT introduces new COVID-normal rules

From 20 February 2021, the ACT began operating under a new set of COVID-normal restrictions.

Under the latest revision, events with 500 people or less can go ahead without an exemption as long as the Public Health Directions can be met, while events between 501 and 1,000 people must notify ACT Health of their event and submit a COVID Safety Plan for review.

Larger events with more than 1,000 people will require an exemption.

Events at the National Convention Centre can have 75 per cent capacity within each indoor and outdoor space, provided they have a COVID Safety Plan endorsed by ACT Health.

Large indoor performance venues (with forward-facing and tiered seating, such as theatres and arenas) can have seated, ticketed events up to 75 per cent capacity, while enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have 100 per cent capacity.

Patrons can now stand while eating and drinking in indoor and outdoor areas.

Read more here.

Support available for Victorian event businesses 

The Victorian Government has announced a new support package for small businesses most impacted by the state’s recent circuit-breaker lockdown.

Announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, the $143 million Circuit Breaker Support Package is expected to help more than 50,000 Victorian businesses, including those in the events, tourism and hospitality sectors, that incurred costs such as the loss of perishable goods, cancelled gigs and foregone trading.

There are four types of support within the program, including the new $92 million Business Costs Assistance Program offering grants of $2,000 for eligible employing and non-employing businesses in the hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events and selected retail industries.

Find out whether your business is eligible here.

Major restriction to be removed in NSW

If current trends continue across Great Sydney and NSW, drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be permitted from Wednesday, 17 March.

This means a wider range of networking events and pre-function gatherings will be to allowed to go ahead across the state.

It comes as a number of COVID-19 restrictions eased across NSW from Friday, 26 February 2021, including allowing 30 people to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor.

Event professionals invited to free IWD event

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 this week with a free virtual event.

Taking place on Thursday 4 March, the event will be broadcast live from the Connected Event Studio in Chippendale and will explore this year’s theme #ChoosetoChallenge.

Among this year’s speakers is Simone Allan, social entrepreneur, businesswoman and advocate for women, plus Stephanie Selesnick from International Trade Information, Marie Kinsella from International Exhibitions and Conference Group and Peggy Reevell from the Australian Council for Education Leaders.

Date: Thursday, 4 March 2021
Time: 12 noon sharp to 1.30pm
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Register here

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