The week ahead: Event news you need to know


Restrictions ease further in Melbourne, rules clarified for Sydney events, plus border reopenings.

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing daily, 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:

Restrictions ease further in Melbourne

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced further easing of restrictions across Melbourne, which came into effect from 11:59pm last night, 8 November.

The boundary between Melbourne and regional Victoria has been removed, as well as 25-kilometre travel limit.

This means Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions are now in line with the rest of Victoria.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes are now able to host up to 40 customers indoors (subject to the 4sqm rule) and 70 outdoors (subject to the 2sqm rule and groups no larger than 10 people).

Accommodation is now open to single household groups, while indoor entertainment venues, including movie theatres, galleries, museums and music halls, are able to open with 20 people per space.

The Premier announced the state will enter the ‘Last Step’ in its reopening roadmap on 22 November, which will see private gatherings increase to 10 people, outdoor public gatherings for up to 50 people and hospitality venues increase to 100 patrons indoors (subject to the 4sqm rule) and 200 patrons outdoors (subject to the 2sqm rule and groups no larger than 10 people).

For more details about what you can and can’t do under the rules, click here.

NSW border to open with Victoria

The NSW Government has confirmed it will reopen the border to Victoria at 12:01am on Monday 23 November.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the reopening date should give people the confidence to make travel plans, particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

“I want to thank the community, particularly in our border towns, for their patience during what has been an extremely difficult time,” she said.

“We have worked closely with the Victorian Government throughout the border closure and will continue to monitor the situation as restrictions are eased.”

WA border reopening soon

Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the state will move to a “controlled interstate border regime” from 14 November, which allows visitors from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory to enter Western Australia without the need to self-quarantine.

Travellers from New South Wales and Victoria will be allowed to enter Western Australia but will have to isolate for 14 days in a suitable location on arrival.

Following the announcement, Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin welcomed the news, saying it would provide a boost of confidence for event organisers.

“This is wonderful news and offers certainty to our clients and delegates who are planning on eventing in Western Australia,” he said.

“We can’t wait to welcome back our interstate friends to show them the new and amazing venues and experiences Western Australia has on offer.”

QLD reopens to parts of NSW

As of 3 November, Queensland reopened its border to visitors and returned travellers from New South Wales, excluding people who have been in the 32 Sydney Local Government Areas identified as hotspots in the last 14 days.

The list of NSW hotspots will be reviewed monthly.

The Queensland border remain closed to Victoria until community transmission is under control.

Exhibitions can go ahead in Sydney

The NSW Department of Health has provided clarity around the number of people that can attend a public exhibition in Sydney.

Public exhibitions can go ahead at approved centres with no capacity limit, as long as they adhere to the 4sqm rule.

Exhibitions that form part of a corporate event, such as conferences, are still subject to NSW Government capacity limits of 300 person per event. This is currently under review.

Planning is now underway at ICC Sydney, where CEO Geoff Donaghy said the venue is preparing to host two major exhibitions in 2021: Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle.

“What these events will start to do is create the momentum of confidence, to really show that it’s safe to come to events, and safe to come to events at ICC Sydney,” he told A LIST Guide.

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