Events Industry: Coronavirus

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd July 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's press conference of 3 July 2020, what the timeline is for the reopening of the events and exhibitions sector as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Photo of Alec Shelbrooke Alec Shelbrooke Conservative, Elmet and Rothwell

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he can provide a timeframe for the events and exhibitions sector on when gatherings of more than 30 people will be allowed.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Meetings of up to 30 people indoors are now allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate that it has followed the

Covid-19 guidance.

From 1 August, exhibition and conference centres are allowed to show small groups (of up to 30 people with social distancing requirements) around to view the facilities and plan

future events and to enable government-backed pilots to take place. They should not be

open fully to host events more widely.

From 1 October, it is expected that events of all types (such as trade shows, consumer shows, exhibitions and conferences) will be allowed at a capacity allowing for compliance

with social distancing. As with all aspects of the Government’s response to COVID-19, our decisions have been and will continue to be based on scientific evidence and public health

assessments.

We have worked closely with events stakeholders through both the Visitor Economy and Events & Entertainment Working Groups to develop Covid-19 Secure reopening guidance

for the business events industry. We continue to meet with the Events Industry Senior

Leaders Advisory Panel to discuss the specific issues facing the industry. Since 11 July, a range of outdoor events have been able to take place - including

agricultural shows, literary fairs and car boot sales.

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