ICC Sydney to reopen for in-person events in October

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is preparing to welcome in person events back to the venue from mid-October.

Conferences and exhibitions at ICC Sydney can return at one person per four square metres and entertainment events can return at 75 per cent of their fixed seating capacity. Face masks must also be worn by staff and customers in indoor areas.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the team would be contacting its customers about their events and had been receiving vaccination certificates from its workforce for months.

“We have over 90 events in the diary from October through to Christmas and we’re contacting our customers to ensure they are able to proceed with a fully vaccinated workforce, event attendees, suppliers and contractors – everyone that will need to enter the venue,” he said.

“Our people are also keen to get back to doing what they do best, running extraordinary in person events, and have been sending in their vaccination certificates for some months before last week’s announcement.”

ICC Sydney has updated its EventSafe Operating Guide and capacity charts.

“We’ve digested the details of the roadmap and the latest Health Order and we’re confident the team at ICC Sydney will be ready well before the reopening date is confirmed,” said Donaghy.

“We have been advised that the vaccination certificate checking process is currently being tested and will be ready for our reopening to in person events and that vaccination attendance will be outlined in a forthcoming Health Order.

“In the meantime, we have enough information to start planning the return of events and we have operated under these capacity conditions previously.”

Donaghy said they will continue to advocate to further relax these conditions over time, such as moving to a one person per two square metre protocol.