The coronavirus pandemic is evolving every day and the restrictions on events are changing just as fast.
To keep you up-to-date with the latest news and changes that impact your job or business in events, we’re sharing a wrap up of everything you need to know this week.
Queensland open for business
Queensland is welcoming events back, with the maximum number of guests at business events to be determined by the ‘one person per four square metres’ rule.
This weekend, the state will host its first major exhibition since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with Gold Coast Expo set to kick off today, 24 July 2020.
Held over three days, the expo showcases the latest in camping, caravaning, 4x4s and boating across a large outdoor space at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
Organisers are expected crowds of around 10,000 over the three days. Read more here.
The Queensland borders are currently open to all states, except if you have travelled from Victoria and certain hotspots in New South Wales.
If you’re looking to host an event in Brisbane, Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, check out these venues.
NSW business events still going ahead
After some confusion around the latest restriction changes in NSW, it has been confirmed business events can still go ahead with the maximum number of guests determined by the four square metre rule.
Venues such as ICC Sydney will continue to plan for their upcoming events, exhibitions and conferences as normal.
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy confirmed there is no change in restrictions for conference and function centres.
“In NSW, they are stepping up the restrictions specifically for pubs, clubs and restaurants,” he said.
“There’s a special category in the NSW regulations of function, convention and conference centres and our requirements haven’t changed at all – it’s still four square metres per person maximum per space, with appropriate social distancing measures.”
These venues in Sydney and beyond are ready to welcome your event delegates.
PM meets with the event industry & JobKeeper extension
In promising news for the sector, Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with business events industry leaders this week to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting events.
Among the industry leaders in attendance was Meetings & Events Australia CEO Robyn Johnson, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia chief executive Claudia Sagripanti and ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.
Following the meeting, the Prime Minister said:
“We can get business events running again, we can get exhibitions running again, they can be done safely, they can be done economically and viably, and so today was a good opportunity to consult with the industry and get a good handle on some of the obstacles they have, some of the challenges that they will have to get across,” he said.
The following day, he made special mention of the business events industry at a press conference when announcing the extension of the JobKeeper program.
The program will be extended until March 2021 in a new two-tier system offering different payments for full-time and part-time workers. All the details can be found here.
Virtual and hybrid events continue to grow
We’re continuing to see virtual and hybrid events on the rise, as more corporates adopt a new way of meeting amid the ongoing crisis.
Last week, we saw Meetings & Events Australia’s annual conference Evolve: Renovated take a virtual format for 2020, with more than 500 registered delegates take part.
Next month, event management students will have the opportunity to take part in a virtual internship, The Breakout.
Developed by Event Planet, the virtual event will give budding event profs an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and insight into the industry, and ask a panel of experts their burning questions.
If you’re looking to host a virtual event, conference or webinar, enlist the help of one of these trusted AV companies.
Featured image: Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane