Your event news for the week ahead


Exemptions granted for Sydney corporate events, SA lockdown ends early and more.

For event planners, keeping up with the latest changes in restrictions and border rules can be a challenge, as the COVID-19 situation continues to change daily.

To help you stay up-to-date and get you prepared for the week ahead, we’re rounding up the latest updates and information relevant to events professionals.

Here are the biggest stories you need to know for the week ahead:

SA lockdown ends early

Over the weekend, South Australia’s ‘Stay at Home’ order was revoked early after it was discovered suspected COVID-19 cases were fewer than first thought.

Hospitality venues have gone back to allowing 100 people within a venue and 50-person gatherings are permitted at licensed venues, both subject to one person four square metres.

It is unclear at this stage when events will be able to resume, however the SA Government states events for more than 1,000 people that were previously admitted under a COVID Management Plan will not be able to take place before 1 December 2020.

All the details on South Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions are available here.

ICC granted exemption for larger corporate events

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has received an exemption to hold corporate events for up to 1,500 people, however they must still be separated into groups of 300.

The exemption, granted by the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health, covers corporate events including conferences, meetings, AGMs, awards and banquets.

The increased 1,500 pax limit is subject to one person per four square metres and allocated to groups no larger than 300 people in ‘Separate Areas’ within ICC Sydney. In effect, a 1,500 pax event would have to be made up of five separate groups.

Find out more about hosting an event at ICC Sydney here.

EOI for business events funding closes soon

With the first stage of the $50 million Business Events Grants Program now underway, business events owners are invited to submit their EOI to be included in the program.

For an event to be considered for the program launch, EOIs must be submitted by 11.59PM on 30 November 2020. EOIs will remain open through to 26 February 2021 but may be closed earlier to manage demand or if all program funds are committed.

Apply here.

Queensland restrictions ease further

From 17 November, Queensland eased its restrictions further to allow for larger gatherings.

Indoors premises, including convention centres and hospitality venues, have moved from the ‘one person per 4 square metres’ rule to ‘one per person per 2 square metres’.

Outdoor events can increase from 1,000 to 1,500 people with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, while larger events require a COVID Safe Plan. Outdoor dancing is now permitted.

Up to 200 people can attend a wedding and all guests can dance, while gatherings in homes and public spaces have increased from 40 to 50 people.

Seated, ticketed events at indoor venues can increase capacity from 50 per cent to 100 per cent with patrons to wear masks on entry and exit (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas and indoor sports).

Open air stadiums can increase seated capacity from 75 per cent to 100 per cent with a COVID Safe Plan.

Christmas is now 1 month away!

We can hardly believe it either…Christmas is just one month away.

Most corporate groups will have their Christmas events already locked in, but we’re certain there’s still a few out there umming and ahhing about what to do and where to go.

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas party idea, the A LIST Guide is here to save the day, with hundreds of venues across Australia, big and small.

Whether it’s casual drinks or a sit-down private dinner, you can find the perfect Christmas venue here.

Featured image: ICC Sydney

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