Your event news for the week ahead


Victoria enters lockdown, changes to event guidelines, plus a new harbour bar.

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:

Victoria goes into lockdown

Victoria has today entered day three of its five-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown, following a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

From 11:59pm Friday 12 February, Victorian residents are required to stay home and gatherings are not permitted.

During the lockdown, residents can only leave their home for the purposes of shopping for necessary goods and services, care and caregiving, exercise and permitted work, and must stay within 5km of their home.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said this is a “brief window” of opportunity to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“By limiting our movement, we limit the potential spread of the virus,” he said.

“And by going hard and going early – we’re giving ourselves every opportunity to get in front of this.”

Stay up to date here.

Sydney venues revert to 2sqm rule

From 12:01am Friday 12 February, event and hospitality venues across the Greater Sydney region, including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains, reverted to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule.

Weddings and funerals are still subject to a 300-person limit.

Face masks are now only mandatory on public transport, but are strongly encouraged in other indoor venues where social distancing is not possible.

Perth lockdown ends

The Perth and Peel regions emerged from lockdown as planned on Sunday, 14 February.

Following a brief lockdown period, the whole of Western Australia has now returned to pre-lockdown conditions, including the 2 square metre rule for venues.

Business Events Geelong launches event funding

Event planners are invited to take their groups to Geelong and The Bellarine this year, with the support of a new $30,000 funding program by Business Events Geelong.

Under its new recovery campaign, You Belong in Geelong, the bureau will support events of up to 50 delegates by providing financial support to the value of $50 per delegate.

Planners interested in accessing the funding must book their business event in Geelong, The Bellarine and Werribee by 30 April 2021 and events must be held by 30 December 2021.

A minimum number of 10 delegates applies and the offer is only available for new bookings.

Event managers, PCOs, EAs and PAs must request funds to cover actual event costs, including but not limited to accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs.

Apply online.

Image credit: Visit Geelong Bellarine

New harbourside bar opens

Sydney has welcomed a new harbourside bar, with the launch of the Mumm Harbour Bar, on board Captain Cook Cruises‘ Sydney 2000 vessel.

The bar takes over the recently refurbished Ocean Deck to offer guests a bottomless Champagne and seafood experience, all while soaking up all the best angles of the harbour.

Kicking off at 3:00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 1.5-hour cruise sees guests seated in a Mumm lounge suite, where they receive Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne, traditionally a cellar door-only cuvée Champagne and typically only served in Sydney’s top restaurants and bars.

Find out more about hosting groups on board here.

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